Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775

VAERA, Exodus 6:2-9:35 In the Torah portion Vaera, Moses confronts Pharaoh, and is faced with numerous defeats before Israel's religious and political redemption. Seven plagues are recorded in this portion, and, repeatedly, Pharaoh refuses to liberate the people of Israel after each one. We learn of blood, frogs, lice, insects, pestilence, inflammations and hail. At first, the plagues are a...
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According to local Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Judah and the Maccabees were some of the earliest conservationists: "They made one day's oil suffice for eight days' needs," he explained. Waskow, who directs the Shalom Center here in Philadelphia, wants modern-day Jews to continue in the vein of this ancient Chanukah standard. That's why the organization has instituted a new "Green Menorah"...
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Ryan Teitman
"I joined when it was a tent, and I've been active since," said Edythe Kaplan of her membership at Congregation Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El in Melrose Park. The 83-year-old former co-president of the congregation has a simple reason for her long-held devotion to her shul: "It's family." The congregation began its 50th anniversary celebration on Dec. 3 with a concert...
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Vayigash, Genesis: 44:18-47:27
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Rabbi Jill Maderer
Picture it. A man walks down Walnut Street, and sees an enormous electric Chanukah menorah atop a car driving down the road. His Jewish identity inspired, he returns home to search the Internet: What night of Chanukah is it tonight? When someone who is disconnected from Jewish life sees a Chanukah menorah and calls a synagogue, when someone answers an...
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Who among us isn't mystified by the allure of water? A babbling brook, an ocean wave, a cool pool, a hot shower -- even the fountain in the local mall has a certain appeal. It can give pause to the bustle of everyday life; it can make you stop, stare, even spur you to toss a coin into its midst...
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