Friday, October 24, 2014 Tishri 30, 5775
At the 41st annual Jewish Reconstructionist Federation Convention, Dr. Carl A. Sheingold, executive vice president of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, noted the classic tenet of this particular branch of faith: "To see Judaism as an evolving religious institution." "When we gather together," continued Sheingold, "there is a chance to compare notes on that evolution." More than 400 people from throughout...
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Take it from somebody who should know: Nobody can possess an encyclopedic knowledge of the Jewish people -- at least not without a reference book or two at their disposal. That's the opinion of Michael Berenbaum, the executive editor of the forthcoming 22-volume, 16-million-word Encyclopaedia Judaica , 2nd edition, who read through the entire tome several times, all the way...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
In what has become a long-running Philadelphia tradition, the 13th annual Jewish book festival will once again showcase some of the region's foremost Jewish wordsmiths. But unlike previous years, in which events have been held at numerous venues over the course of several weeks, this year's festival will be a single-day affair. That means that on Nov. 19, the Gershman...
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The failure of peace to materialize and the omnipresent threat of war -- and worse -- has had a profoundly negative impact on the Israeli national consciousness, prompting many citizens of the Jewish state to "shrink into themselves," shunning both public life and discourse, according to a noted Israeli novelist and short-story writer. Orly Castel-Bloom, who was born in Tel...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
Four years ago, Kelly Galfand couldn't take her kids to synagogue on Shabbat. That's because doing so would render Galfand, an observant Jew in Lower Merion, at odds with Jewish law. Halachah prescribes that only Jews living within a certain designated zone -- called an eruv -- can perform certain tasks on Shabbat. For those living outside the zone, activities...
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