Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

By:
Rabbi Yochonon Goldman
If you've ever planned an event, you know how many details go into bringing your crowd together. Take a wedding, for example, where many months of logistics are involved. Now imagine a wedding where the guest list is in the millions. No ballroom was big enough, so they did it in the open desert. G-d, as the groom, proposed the...
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By:
Rabbi Todd Zeff
When we look to the Torah for guidance in handling challenges in our modern world, our eyes do not usually fall on the agricultural laws detailed in the recent weekly parshah, or Torah portion. But in its teaching of the Jewish laws of the Jubilee year, the Torah offers both a model and an imperative that can help us re-envision...
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Israel officially celebrated its 64th birthday last month, in conjunction with the Hebrew calendar. But the English date was this week -- May 14 -- and to mark the occasion, the Jewish Federation, along with the Jewish Exponent and other sponsors, is throwing a big party on Sunday. The Penn's Landing event also coincides with the 45th anniversary of the...
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By:
Nathan Diament
For decades, the American Jewish community has debated the advisability, constitutionality and necessity of government aid to Jewish (and other faiths') parochial schools. But with the United States still experiencing tough economic challenges, the American Jewish community finds its schools under greater financial stress than ever. This reality, alongside the solidification of court rulings upholding government aid programs and a...
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By:
Dana Evan Kaplan
Six graduates of the cantorial program of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion were ordained earlier this month at Temple Emanu-El in New York. The key word here is "ordained." Since the cantorial school was established at HUC in 1948, cantors have been invested rather than ordained. The difference, as JTA put it, was more than "a word." It...
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