Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774

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When Francine Lipstein was a child, her mother talked to her about how she survived the Holocaust in Auschwitz. Sally Chase also told her daughter that every life had a purpose. "It was a message I took seriously," said Lipstein. "When I was 8 years old, I went to Israel on a family trip to see relatives," she said. "Early...
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Rabbi David Straus
Rabbi David Straus Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1-5:26 This Shabbat, we begin the third book of the Torah - Vayikra, or Leviticus. In his introduction to Leviticus, Dr. Gunther Plaut writes, "This third book of the Torah contains some of the loftiest passages found in the Bible. It is in this book that we read, 'Love your neighbor as yourself' and 'Proclaim...
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Rabbi Gary Pokras
Mishpatim Exodus 21:1-24:18; 30:11-16 I like to think of Mishpatim as "the morning after." WhatI mean by that is simple. Last week's portion concluded with the dramatic revelation of the 10 Commandments at Mount Sinai. It's a tough act to follow, but something had to happen next, and that's the subject of Mishpatim, which means "laws." You probably already know...
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Lying. Smuggling. Even contemplating bribery. There's no telling to what extent some will go to help others. The 42 participants on Congregation Adath Jeshurun's recent trip to Cuba learned this lesson firsthand when they tried to complete their mission to the ostracized island nation. The assignment was to deliver pounds and pounds of collected goods to the small Jewish community...
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In Israel, a recent survey showed that 40,000 children - at lease 1.5 percent of the total child population - are victims of parental incompetence, cruelty, neglect or emotional, physical and sexual abuse. However, the problem has existed, along with denial and lack of public awareness, for a much longer time, and led to the founding of ELI in 1979...
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