Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

Exodus 6:2-9:35
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Rabbi Ira Samuel Grussgott
VAERA Exodus 6:2-9:35 A gardener who was working nearby a kindergarten playground suddenly got stuck in a ditch of his own making. Laboring furiously to extricate himself, he finally succeeded and exclaimed - "I'm free; I'm free!" "Big deal," said a child passing by, "I'm 4!" For a child to confuse "three" for "free" is an understandable mistake. But for...
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It's time to make phone calls - and make a difference. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Super Sunday - the largest, single day of volunteerism and fundraising in the Jewish community - will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12. "Super Sunday is an opportunity to be part of a community-wide effort to raise millions of dollars for Jewish education,...
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SHEMOT Exodus 1:1-61
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Rabbi David Gutterman
SHEMOT Exodus 1:1-61 Gertrude Stein, commenting on Shakespeare's line that "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," opined: "A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose." Well, not when it's a daisy. Bear with me, and my point will become a tad clearer. "These are the names of the children of Israel who descended...
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Congregation Beth Chaim's sanctuary was packed with members embracing one another and offering consolation for a collective loss. A few even wept openly, knowing that this was probably the last time the congregation would be gathered together in the nearly 50-year-old building. "We don't have any alternative. We are out of money," Michael Bittman, Beth Chaim's president, had said moments...
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VAYECHI Genesis 47:28-50:26
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Rabbi Jeff Sultar
VAYECHI Genesis 47:28-50:26 Jacob dies in these final chapters of the first book of the Torah. Thus, Bereshit - the book of Genesis - begins with creation and ends with a death. In response to the Torah's description of Jacob's dying and what was done for him afterward, the Talmud quotes Rabbi Yochanan as asserting: "Our father Jacob is not...
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