Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Elul 1, 5774

CHUKAT-BALAK Numbers 19:1-25:9
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Here's the scenario: A man who has dedicated his entire adult life to his people, who has given himself unstintingly to their cause, guided them as a father, loved them as a mother, held then as a nursemaid, taught them as a teacher, prodded them as a rebbe, rebuked them with finesse and defended them as only the dream team...
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KORACH, Numbers 16:1-18:32, 29:9-15
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Social psychologists list several distinctions between a debate and a dialogue. A debate assumes that you have the right answer, while a dialogue assumes that many people can share in crafting an answer. A debate is about winning; a dialogue is about exploring. A debate is more about defending one's view; a dialogue admits that another's thinking can improve on...
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SHELACH, Numbers 13:1-15:41
By:
Rabbi Alan Iser
In this week's Torah portion, when Moses gives instructions to the spies, he asks them to bring back samples of the fruit of the land (Numbers 13:20). The spies return with pomegranates, figs and a huge cluster of grapes. The Texas-sized cluster of grapes is so large that it must be carried by two men. This bountiful sample of the...
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Though as a boy Sidney Karpo sang in his South Philadelphia Hebrew school's junior choir - and was well aware that he had a considerable voice - he never dreamed of being a cantor. Actually, it was his wife who convinced him to do it. "I could have been anything," said the 78-year-old. "My wife is a very musical person,...
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By:
Sally Friedman, JE Feature
The subject didn't match the glorious spring weather on a recent Sunday at the Biomedical Research Building at the University of Pennsylvania. "Personal Experiences With Death and Dying" was the subject of the opening session at a two-day symposium sponsored by the University's Center for Bioethics, which recently marked its 10th anniversary with the symposium's umbrella theme of "The Legacy...
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