Sunday, August 31, 2014 Elul 5, 5774

Decoding the Torah through gematria
By:
Melissa Jacobs, Inside Feature
If God wrote you a letter, would you read it? Well, God did, and you have. The letter is the Torah. For centuries, Jews have been reading the Torah again and again, poring through its stories, its heroes and villains, its messages and meanings. What about the language in which the letter is written? What about the Hebrew alphabet? The...
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Taking a second look at superstitions’ impact 
on our everyday lives
By:
Richard Pawlak, Inside Feature
Are you wary of black cats, first steps, empty ovens and opened ladders? Do you smell the Havdalah candle after it is extinguished? Do you believe that the number 13 is unlucky? You’re hardly alone. Superstitious behavior permeates almost every facet of our lives. The ancient Greeks used just two words to explain both good and bad fortunes, as well...
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The new generation of kipot craftspeople have got you covered
By:
Melissa Jacobs with Marian Robinson, Inside Feature
hat Jews put on their heads before they pray is a deeply personal choice. Which is exactly why there are so many choices of kipot for men, women, teens and adults. There are special-occasion kipot and those for everyday wear, designer kipot and those that express the interests of their owner. Jake Kriger has a private collection of yarmulkes that...
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VAYEITZEI, Genesis 28:10-32:3
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
This week, we continue making our way through Genesis, reacquainting ourselves with the foundational stories of our ancestors. This time it’s the compelling tale of Jacob, twin to Esau. The two are the sons of Isaac and Rebekah, the grandsons of Abraham and Sarah.
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TOLEDOT, Genesis 25:19-28:9
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Depending on how you look at it, Isaac, of all the Patriarchs, was the greatest. At age 37, says the Talmud, he allowed himself to be offered as a sacrifice by his father Abraham. And as attested to by this week’s portion, he spent most of his “career” re-establishing the wells his father had dug, cementing Abraham’s legacy in the...
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