Sunday, March 29, 2015 Nisan 9, 5775

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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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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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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By:
Bryan Schwartzman, JE Staff
Mounds of dirt - and a John Deere bulldozer - rested on the exposed earth, marking the spot where Congregation Beth Hamedrosh is building its new sanctuary. But even though the ground had clearly already been broken, for the 100 or so member families of the Orthodox shul, the June 11 ceremony offered a symbolic indication that the synagogue's long-awaited...
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BEHALOTECHA, Numbers 8:1-12:16
By:
Rabbi Lisa Malik
Although the festival of Shavuot was just a few weeks ago, my mind and stomach are already looking forward to Chanukah. On Shavuot, many of us celebrated our receiving the gift of Torah by eating blintzes, kugel and cheesecake. But I've already started to crave latkes and jelly doughnuts. Amidst my cravings, I'm already envisioning one of my favorite ritual...
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