Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774

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The only scheduled Philadelphia mayoral debate is slated to be aired by Fox29 on Erev Yom Kippur, and challenger Karen Brown is blaming Mayor Michael Nutter for the timing. "I know it's Yom Kippur. My ex-husband is Jewish. My kids are half-Jewish," said Brown, a former Democratic committeewoman who earlier this year switched parties to run for the city's top...
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Richard Address knew he wanted to become a rabbi as early as the 10th grade, after his confirmation ceremony at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park. He recalled being in awe of the late rabbi and historian Bertram Korn. Address went on to become a very different kind of religious leader, devoting much of his career to the Reform...
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David Teutsch
In the powerful Unetaneh Tokef prayer, the High Holiday liturgy proclaims, "Repentance, prayer and tzedakah make the decree easier to bear." It seems clear that acknowledging error and connecting to God would bring spiritual strength that eases difficult situations. But why tzedakah? Perhaps it represents a commitment to making the world a better place. But how much tzedakah should we...
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When Michael Granoff enters a room, you can just feel the electricity. You get the same sense when he turns on his car. The founder of Maniv Investments LLC, and chief of oil independence policies for Better Place -- a key division of Maniv -- Granoff is a founding fueler of the electric car industry. He is in that better...
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Shofar So Good Rabbi Barry Blum Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid in Broomall A man drives up to his home and presses the garage opener, but the door does not open. He keeps pressing the button, shakes and moves it in every direction, but the result is the same; the door remains closed. Along comes a Chasid driving his car and...
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