Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

Torah Portion
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David Rabbi Straus
VAYELECH SHABBAT SHUVA, Deuteronomy 31: 1-30 This story is told in various versions, but this is how I remember hearing it from one of my heroes, Rabbi Avi Weiss of Riverdale, N.Y. When Chasidic master Reb Yitzhak Yakov, the Seer of Lublin, died, his disciples divided his worldly goods. One received his books and his notes; another his schtender, or...
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Handmade greeting cards reflect the many themes of Rosh Hashanah: blowing the shofar, dipping apples in honey, community togetherness, etc. Creating these cards with special people in mind makes this a wonderful family activity - and perhaps a new tradition. Here's how to make your own "Apple Print Cards." You will need: an apple cut in half around the middle...
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To the uninitiated, a page of Talmud may appear as little more than a sea of letters - perhaps recognizable as Hebrew characters, a few forming intelligible words, but on the whole a distant text, devoid of any real meaning. That's exactly how the Talmud appeared to Downingtown resident Robert Fischer three years ago. "My language skills are non-existent," states...
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Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi Steven C. Wernick
NITZAVIM, Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20 Do you believe in God? Silence … not an unusual response. Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, in his book on Jewish spirituality, God Was in This Place and I, I Did Not Know , says that if you want an answer to the question of God's existence, you have to begin with a more concrete query: Have you ever...
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With one in four American Jews now over the age of 60, rabbis can expect to deal with issues related to aging like never before - and for many years to come. Senior citizens are living increasingly longer, leaving more time to examine their spirituality and contemplate their mortality. "We have this gift of decades more of life. We also...
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