Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774
Taking a second look at superstitions’ impact 
on our everyday lives
By:
Richard Pawlak, Inside Feature
Are you wary of black cats, first steps, empty ovens and opened ladders? Do you smell the Havdalah candle after it is extinguished? Do you believe that the number 13 is unlucky? You’re hardly alone. Superstitious behavior permeates almost every facet of our lives. The ancient Greeks used just two words to explain both good and bad fortunes, as well...
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The new generation of kipot craftspeople have got you covered
By:
Melissa Jacobs with Marian Robinson, Inside Feature
hat Jews put on their heads before they pray is a deeply personal choice. Which is exactly why there are so many choices of kipot for men, women, teens and adults. There are special-occasion kipot and those for everyday wear, designer kipot and those that express the interests of their owner. Jake Kriger has a private collection of yarmulkes that...
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Reflecting on Sandy
By:
Harold Messinger
Hazzan Harold Messinger of Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley wrote the following prayer this week, reflecting on the storm and its aftermath.
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Zoe Cohen and Ken Rosso are due to have their second child in September, and if it's a boy, they're already set on not circumcising him. The West Philly couple made the same decision three years ago when their son was born, and they have no regrets. As far as they're concerned, she says, honoring an ancient ritual isn't worth...
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By:
Fredda Sacharow
I f you were a Jew in Philadelphia during the latter half of the 19th century, one of an estimated 12,000 members of the tribe, your synagogue of choice was either a Reform or an Orthodox congregation. The Conservative and Reconstructionist movements, the independent minyanim, the popularity of the do-it-yourself brand of chavurot — all remained in the near or...
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