Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774
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The construction of an eruv - a symbolic barrier surrounding an area within which observant Jews are halachically permitted to carry things outside of their homes on Shabbat - has for years been a dream of many in Center City. And now that Mayor John Street has signed into law a City Council ordinance approving the eruv, the only apparent...
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Long ago there lived an orphan boy who was very poor. He was so poor that he had no where to sleep. He slept wherever he could rest his head. He was so poor that he had nothing to eat. He ate whatever he could find. He was so poor that he didn't even have a name! People called him...
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Deborah Kaplan may not be able to assist a bride with choosing the perfect dress or help her design a stunning floral centerpiece, but she can create a beautiful document that will make the big event legal - at least by Jewish law. A trained illustrator and calligrapher, Kaplan combined her two skills 15 years ago to design her very...
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Once upon a time there lived a gourd, who was very bumpy, and had ridges and valleys all around himself. While he had many colors, he was not the prettiest vegetable in the garden. The gourd lived in a patch of ground he shared with many other kinds of vegetables: tomatoes, onions, peppers, zucchini, even horseradishes. But while each of...
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In Israel, even secular Israelis build a sukkah - those makeshift shacks decorated with fruits. Balconies are full of them. But for many American Jews today, Sukkot is an obscure holiday that is celebrated in the synagogue at best. In ancient times, however, when the Temple was still standing in Jerusalem, Sukkot was probably the most popular Jewish holiday -...
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