Monday, April 27, 2015 Iyyar 8, 5775

Terumah, Exodus 25:1-27:19
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
This week, we begin to read about the construction of the Mishkan, the portable sanctuary. In fact, we'll spend the next several weeks on this topic -- first, the detailed instructions for making it, and then, after a break for the episode of the Golden Calf, an equally detailed description of how those instructions were carried out. Terumah begins with...
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MISHPATIM, Exodus 21:1-24-18
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
With the Super Bowl behind us, I can, at last, put aside the numerical complexities of football: three-point field goal; six-point touchdown; one-point conversion; two-point safety; two-minute rule, four downs; 10 yards, etc. I am, however, taken by the time-out regulations. Each team gets three of them per half. It would be awfully nice, it seems to me, to have...
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Yitro, Exodus 18:1-20:23
By:
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
"And Yitro said, 'Blessed is the Lord who has saved you from the hand of Egypt and from the hand of Pharaoh ... ' " In the past, I've commented upon the fact that the biblical portion that records the divine revelation at Sinai -- the Ten Commandments, the foundation of our faith and our morality -- opens with praise...
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Working to Tread Lightly on the Earth
By:
Aaron Passman, JE Feature
The Tu B'Shevat seder Elaine Cohen oversees at her synagogue is a tradition that goes back nearly 20 years. Between 15 and 30 people attend the annual event, and this year's meal, like others, will feature the traditional four cups of wine, as well as emphasize nuts and fruit -- products of the trees the meal celebrates. Seders like these...
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By:
Aaron Passman, JE Feature
In 2006, after leading a congregation in Birmingham, Ala., for nearly a decade, Rabbi Avraham Shmidman was looking to make a move. But how to go about finding that next job? After all, there's not exactly a CareerBuilder.com for rabbis. That's where Yeshiva University's Center for the Jewish Future comes in, specifically the Morris and Gertrude Bienenfeld Department of Jewish...
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