Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774
When it comes to holiday decor, just what's kosher?
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It's been more than 18 years since the U.S. Supreme Court last examined whether or not decking out government property with Christmas and Chanukah symbols violates the notion of separation of church and state. The 1989 decision in County of Allegheny v. ACLU of Greater Pittsburgh wandered into the murky waters of determining what exactly constitutes a religious symbol. The...
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Hoisted onto the shoulders of her father, Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel Associate Rabbi Peter C. Rigler, Maya Rigler had the honor of helping light a gigantic menorah before a crowd of 500 children and adults who attended the Elkins Park synagogue's Chanukah Shabbat celebration. Photo by Leza Raffel
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Chanukah is now upon us. It represents a time to tell young children the age-old story about the brave, mighty and greatly outnumbered Maccabees who saved the Jews from the cruel King Antiochus, and also about the lean, mean Greeks who sought to destroy them. The story goes on to tell how, after defeating the Greeks, the Maccabees entered the...
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Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
Shemini Atzeret, Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17 With all due respect to U.N. resolutions 242 and 338 regarding so-called "occupied territory," let me explain what these words really mean. When my granddaughter, Ariel Daizy, comes to our house for a Shabbat or Yom Tov, the house becomes -- in the most delicious and sweetest sense of the word -- occupied territory. You can't...
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It's that time of the year again, rolling it out just to roll it all in again. Simchat Torah begins at sundown on Oct. 4, when the parades and festivities around town begin in full force.
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