Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774

By:
Sister Mary Scullion
The story of Passover is a story shared by both Jews and Christians. And in a sense, it is a story that speaks to all people. In its deep wisdom, the Jewish tradition understands that it is not just a story from thousands of years ago, but that the cry of the Israelites for deliverance from their oppressors is a...
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A new survey of American Jews prompted much buzz this week, much of it focused on the level of support for President Barack Obama's re-election (62 percent). But more important in the long run are the findings in the Public Religion Research Institute survey about what drives Jewish identity and behavior. The most popular quality cited was "a commitment to...
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Talk about mass emigration. The Exodus, the story of our ancestors' departure from Egypt that we will recount next week at our seders, is the most dramatic of flight stories. Yet it represents only the beginning of our journey as a people on the move, a people who, throughout much of our history, were forced to flee oppression, degradation and...
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By:
Josh Feigelson
Of all the words we utter at the Pesach seder, the word k'ilu (it's translated as two words, "as if") rings most important. The word is found in Rabban Gamliel's Mishnaic declaration: "In every generation, every person is obligated to see himself or herself as if he or she personally went out of Egypt." "As if." This phrase signals the...
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By:
Rabbi Gedaliah Lowenstein
On Saturday, March 17, 2012, a fire started in a home on Poplar Street in Northern Liberties. We were nearby, praying in a space that we use as a synagogue for our Shabbos services. At about 11:30 a.m., a group of the children who had come to the prayers with their parents ran into the service. They had been playing...
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