Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774

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Jan L. Apple- JE Feature
Funding initiatives that help the most vulnerable populations within the Jewish community remain an ongoing goal of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Center for Social Responsibility. To meet this goal, the center formed the Committee for the Jewish Poor. Co-chaired by Lyn Neff and Dr. Joseph Carver, it works to provide and enhance services to the chronic poor that...
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As a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Rabbi Yitzhak Nates had a vision: to create a place where people could embrace Judaism, yet be open to one another, despite their sexual or even religious orientations. He planted the seeds of his dream while a senior at the Wyncote institution, and it's apparently beginning to sprout now. What started as...
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YITRO Exodus 18:1-20:23
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Rabbi Robert Rubin
The Ten Commandments are a central part of the experience of the Jewish people at Mount Sinai after their liberation from slavery in Egypt. They are major statements of faith and guidance on how we should live our lives in relation to God and each other. Freedom from slavery was great and glorious. We celebrate this national freedom not only...
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The future of the Ten Commandment tablets now ensconced in the Jewish Community Services Building on Arch Street is quite clear: They'll hang in the Center City foyer for years to come. What remains a mystery, however, is their past. According to the donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, the two white-marble decalogues with gold lettering - about 42 inches...
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BESHALACH Exodus 13:17-17:16
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Rabbi David Gutterman-JE Feature
Many years ago, I heard a lecture from a Cold War analyst, a Sovietologist. He told a story about two birds from Moscow who were flying north trying to make their way to the more open plains of Finland. As they approached the border, they were met by two Finnish birds. "Life must be horrendous back there in the Soviet...
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