Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774

CHUKAT
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Numbers 19:1-22:119:1-22:1 Just as our ancestors made their way through the desert long ago, we make our way through the book of Numbers now. When we read this portion, we are journeying through the month of Tammuz, which often includes the hottest days of the year, when walking on hot sand burns the soles of our feet, when our lips...
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Avivah Raziel, who helps bring life into the world as a neonatal nurse, was at work at Hadassah Hospital on Aug. 9, 2001, when she heard that a suicide bomber had struck a pizza place in the heart of Jerusalem, claiming 15 lives. "My first thought was there must have been many young people there," explained Raziel, 52, who between...
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Over the past year, the Clarence L. and Estelle S. Meyers Library at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park has undergone a $20,000 facelift that has included the expansion of its collection, the purchase of a new computer with high-speed Internet access, the addition of new furniture and lighting - and a gourmet coffee machine. Couldn't placing hot liquids...
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KORACH, Numbers 16:1-18:32
RABBI SHAWN ISRAEL ZEVIT The heat of summer is upon us, and two independence days (Canada, July 1; United States, July 4) surround Shabbat. It's certainly a week for celebration - of appreciating and articulating the gifts our democratic system has brought. It's also a time to take stock of who may not be benefiting from liberty. Earlier this month,...
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Temple Brith Kodesh renovated a duplex on Frontenac and Wellington streets in Northeast Philadelphia 50 years ago, taking what was just a house and converting it into a synagogue. Over the course of a summer all those years ago, members volunteered their time to design a sanctuary, build an office for the rabbi and create classrooms where the children could...
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