Saturday, February 28, 2015 AdarI 9, 5775

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Most of the year, Rabbi Eli Strasberg, director of the Chabad Jewish Center of Delaware County, looks like your typical Lubavitcher: black hat, black coat, long beard, tzitzit out. But during the weeks leading up to Passover, Strasberg, 29, also outfits himself in a crisp white apron and puffy chef's hat. That's because the Philadelphia native and father of three...
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VAYIKRA, Leviticus 1:1-5:26
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Rabbi Robert Rubin
This week we begin the third book of the Torah: Vayikra. The book's English name, Leviticus, reflects the important role of the tribe of Levi in the early days of our people. Particularly at that time, the Levites (and the priests, or Kohanim, who were one part of the Levi tribe) served in ongoing daily religious life. Their work centered...
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VAYAKHEL-PEKUDEI, Exodus 35:1-40:38
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Rabbi Alan Iser
The second part of this week's double portion, Vayakhel-Pekudei contains a mundane account of all the materials that went into the making of the Tabernacle. Our sages derive a profound lesson from the opening words of Pekudei: "These are the accounts of the Tabernacle which were rendered according to the commandment of Moses ... by the hand of Itamar." They...
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Tiferet Beth Israel preschoolers and their teachers, Nancie Dall (left) and Diane Goldbacher, enjoy an imaginary trip to the rainforest they created in class. Over the past few months, children at the Blue Bell synagogue have discovered the beauty, diversity and significance of such endangered areas.
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Ryan Teitman
The pursuit of knowledge has always been a major facet of Jewish culture, and a newly formed organization is seeking to extend this tradition by bringing some of the leading Jewish lights in the arts and sciences to the Philadelphia area to discuss their accomplishments and insights. Two men -- Marc Erlbaum and Rabbi Asher Crispe -- have founded the...
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