Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774

By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Synagogues are built around the idea of organized worship -- the notion that Judaism should be practiced at a central address where activities can be held, congregants can study, a rabbi can lead, and officers can fundraise. Yet Philadelphia's Unstructured Synagogue Havurah shares very few of these elements. Indeed, the group has no dues, no building, no officers and no...
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Dairy delights for all!
By:
Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
As with Passover and Sukkot, Shavuot is rooted in the agricultural seasons. Originally, it was the beginnings of the wheat harvest. Before the fall of the Temple, thousands of Jews traveled from the countryside to Jerusalem with thanksgiving offerings. The High Priest (representing the Jewish people) placed twin loaves baked from the newly harvested wheat on the alter. Families arrived...
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BAMIDBAR, Numbers 1:1-4:20
By:
Rabbi Steven Saks
Politicians commonly complain that a statement or even a single word they uttered was taken out of context. It's a complaint we'll hear many times as the race for the White House heats up. Likewise, the name of this week's Torah portion, Parshat Bamidbar, can be taken out of context. It opens by telling us that "God spoke to Moses...
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BEHAR-BECHUKOTAI, Leviticus 25:1-27:34
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
A few years ago, I read a New Age book titled Surfing the Himalayas . The story begins with the protagonist snow-boarding down a mountain. As he comes careening down this mountain -- as fate, serendipity or bashert would have it -- he collides with a Buddhist monk. And thus begins, you've guessed it: his spiritual journey. "A lot of...
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By:
Ryan Teitman
Of all the sites that the U.S. government has officially designated as historic, only about 2,500 are National Historic Landmarks. This past Sunday, Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park was added to the list, becoming one of only four synagogues to earn such considerable status. Basically, it means that the synagogue is not just of cultural importance to the Jewish...
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