Thursday, October 2, 2014 Tishri 8, 5775

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Like so many other Chasidim living in the Soviet Union, Baruch Mordechai Lifshits was a target of the authorities from an early age. So, it came as no surprise when the 21-year-old, just newly engaged, found a swarm of KGB agents looking for evidence of his "subversive teachings." They came to his home - displaying a piece of paper indicating...
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Torah Portion
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David Rabbi Straus
CHAYE SARAH, Genesis 23:1-25:18 The Torah portion this week, Chaye Sarah, which literally means "the lives of Sarah," opens by telling us of her death. In the opening verses, we read of Abraham mourning the death of his spouse and lifemate, and then preparing for her burial. Describing himself as a resident alien in the land of Canaan, he purchases...
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Focus on Community
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Zara Myers, JE Feature
For parents with young families, a new program, "Teach Your Children Well," is an opportunity to "strengthen their own Jewish identity and feel comfortable creating Jewish life in their homes," according to Liz Nover, the program's coordinator. "This class was designed to include Jewish parents who are synagogue-affiliated, as well as those who have not yet joined; for Jews by...
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King Solomon, the third king of Israel, lived in a splendid palace surrounded by lavish gardens filled with all sorts of colorful, sweet-smelling flowers. One day as he sat in his garden thinking important thoughts, he was startled by a pain on his royal nose. "Ouch!" cried King Solomon, touching his red, swollen nose. "I think I have been stung...
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Insects have been described as the little creatures that run the world, and there's a lot of truth to this seemingly simple statement. Insects are the principle pollinators of plants, and we would not have many of the fruits and vegetables that we enjoy if it were not for them. Insects are food for many types of animals: birds, fish,...
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