Thursday, July 10, 2014 Tammuz 12, 5774
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
Noach, Genesis 6:9-11:32 "Why," asks the Slonimer Rebbe, "does the Torah begin with so many accounts of degradation?" Both this week's sedra and its predecessor are rife with accounts of faithlessness, murder, violence, perversion and hubris. No sooner do we leave Bereshit's narrative of humanity's expulsion from Paradise and Cain's murder of Abel then we are greeted by Noah's story...
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Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
BERESHIT, Genesis 1:1-6:8 Do you remember the first time you ever looked up into the heavens on a dark night and discovered that the sky was full of twinkling, magical stars? Whatever your age -- whether you were alone or with a sibling, holding the hand of a parent or other trusted adult -- do you remember your awe at...
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By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Shemini Atzeret-Simchat Torah You've spent seven days eating, drinking and perhaps sleeping in a walled, tent-like structure with a roof specifically designed to let in the rain and the sunlight. Over the course of the week, with the exception of Shabbat, you've gathered together a curious combination of palm branch, two willow twigs and three myrtle branches, and held it...
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Process of writing one seems to 'wake the community up'
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Fredda Sacharow, JE Feature
With the scribe right beside him on the bimah guiding his hand, Rabbi Peter Rigler picked up the quill and oh-so-carefully filled in the Hebrew letter raisch -- "R" -- in the word Yisrael, helping to complete the Torah his congregation had embarked upon creating. As the ink flowed, the former assistant rabbi at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins...
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By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
SUKKOT There is something magical about a sukkah. It holds us inside its flimsy walls, decorated with lights and colors. Sitting inside, barely separated from the night, we are forced to make our own warmth and joy through steaming food, and the laughter of friends and family. The shelter is temporary, but through joy, we make it something more. During...
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