Friday, April 24, 2015 Iyyar 5, 5775
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The sun rose over Mount Sinai, illuminating the other-worldly landscape and imbuing the unusually thin parchment with a translucent glow. Reciting the Ten Commandments on the spot in Egypt that represents perhaps the best guess of where God, according to tradition, revealed the law to Moses amounted to a sort of homecoming for a 200-year-old Torah scroll, recalled Rabbi Marcia...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
When Rabbi Lisa Malik sits down with families to begin the B'nai Mitzvah process, one of the first things she does, she explained, is discuss the child's service project. Malik, who leads Suburban Jewish Community Center B'nai Aaron in Havertown, said that she used to refer students to the Youth Mitzvah Corps, a program run by Jewish Family and Children's...
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Jeremy Kriger's been out of college just a few years, but said that he's already forgotten how much of a strain it can be to sit in class all day. So, at the second annual LimmudPhilly, the 26-year-old environmental consultant noshed on a salted pretzel while his wife continued to sit in on a session. The graduate of Akiba Hebrew...
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Synagogues seek innovative ways to keep teenagers on board
What makes Maya Rosenberg different from many other 13-year-olds is that she likes to learn -- about Judaism. "Torah stories. Holidays. Jewish customs." Rosenberg lists things that she's looking forward to exploring when she enrolls in her first year of Hebrew high school this fall at Har Zion Temple, a Conservative congregation in Penn Valley. She became a Bat Mitzvah...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, Staff Writer
Influential spiritual leader Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi explained that, as he approached his 60th year, there came a moment that he wasn't expecting and wasn't ready for: feeling an achiness all over his body -- a "cumulative tiredness." At some point, he related at a recent program, "you have to come to terms with your own mortality," and listen to your...
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