Friday, July 1, 2016 Sivan 25, 5776
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What would happen if two 20-something Jews were asked to entertain hundreds of restless Ramah campers for an hour on a rain-soaked summer day? As it turned out, it was something like midrash meets Monty Python, with a little bit of Mel thrown in -- Brooks, that is. That's how Andrew Davies and Aaron Friedman -- who both spent the...
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Rabbi Marcia Prager likens the prayer experience to sitting for a six-course meal in an exquisite restaurant: It's not meant to be rushed through, but rather something to be savored.
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Rachel Surden
REFLECTIONS "So, you're learning another dead language?" This was the ongoing joke in my house when I transitioned from my five years of Latin to my first summer of Yiddish. Yiddish -- a dead language? How could that be? I grew up surrounded by Yinglish and fondly recall the day I came home from school in 8th grade asking my...
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With his laptop resting on a table in the library of the Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia, Rabbi Meir Fachler patiently answered questions from an eighth-grade Talmud teacher. The discussion didn't pertain to disputations on halachah. Rather, they focused on just how to make the best classroom use of a computer program designed in Israel that's called "Gemara Berura." The...
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The Stiffel Senior Center in South Philadelphia officially closed its doors on July 29, marking the end of an era. The building first opened as a Jewish education center in 1928. According to officials with the Klein JCC, which oversaw the facility, many of the 450 seniors who attended the center have already begun going to three nearby facilities. Klein...
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