Friday, March 27, 2015 Nisan 7, 5775

On the second night of Passover, observant Jews began a practice known as S'firat Ha-Omer, counting the barley sheaf, a ritual counting of each of the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot. For many Jews, S'firat Ha-Omer is obscure, even irrelevant. This is a shame, for it speaks to an important value, one that our society needs now when issues...
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Long before April 15 became synonymous with "tax day" (1955) and the sinking of the Titanic (1912), the date heralded a more welcome arrival: the birth of the Jewish Exponent. On April 15, 1887, the premier issue of the Exponent rolled off the presses. Each week since then, our publication has woven its way into the fabric of our community,...
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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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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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By:
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
The Exodus narrative -- so central to our Passover seder -- also informs our social consciousness as a people. The Bible teaches in very strong words, v'ahavtem et ha'ger, you must love the stranger, the other, the individual who is the underdog in whatever society you happen to find yourself, ki gerim hayitem b'eretz Mitzrayim, because you were the other,...
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