Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774

EMOR, Leviticus 21:1-24:23
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Rabbi Ira S. Grussgott
This week's portion is titled Emor, which means "proclaim," "declare," "speak." But what is there to say after enduring two weeks of back-to-back "double-header" Torah portions that seem to serialize a sorry state of affairs? First, we read Tazria and Metzora, which dealt with disease and decay. Then we read Aharei Mot and Kedoshim; the former refers to a tragedy,...
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A sign for Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid in Broomall recently touted more than just an advertisement for the shul: It was defaced with a swastika. Situated at the corner of Sproul and Paxon Hallow roads, the metal sign pointed in the direction of the shul about a quarter mile away. According to Marple Township police, the sign was defaced five...
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For Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, the conflict between Islam and the West is centered around religious beliefs, and the actions that adherence to faith can evoke. "We can craft a legacy of bloodshed in the name of God," he said, "or peacemaking in the name of God." Hirschfield, the president of CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, appeared...
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ACHAREI MOT-KEDOSHIM, Leviticus 16:1-20:27
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Rabbi Craig Axler
The second of this week's Torah portions -- Kedoshim -- begins with one of the most familiar phrases (and difficult tasks) of Jewish learning: "You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your God am holy." The verse serves as an indication that the entirety of this portion will be concerned with one question: What does it mean to be...
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The conference room buzzed with a focused kind of chatter as dozens of rabbis and rabbinical students from the Philadelphia area and beyond discussed, analyzed and debated the talmudic passage at hand. Taken from a tractate of the Babylonian Talmud, this particular text raised an age-old question: Is it okay to tell a white lie in order to spare somebody's...
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