Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774
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David Teutsch
In the powerful Unetaneh Tokef prayer, the High Holiday liturgy proclaims, "Repentance, prayer and tzedakah make the decree easier to bear." It seems clear that acknowledging error and connecting to God would bring spiritual strength that eases difficult situations. But why tzedakah? Perhaps it represents a commitment to making the world a better place. But how much tzedakah should we...
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Birthland Bar Mitzvah sounds like it could be a tour company specializing in trips to Israel -- or perhaps somewhere in Eastern Europe. As it turns out, it's a new company co-founded by a Philadelphia rabbi that seeks to organize Bar and Bat Mitzvah trips to Guatemala, of all places. Admittedly, the overwhelmingly Catholic Central American nation with a tiny...
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New company wants people to feel good about eating meat
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Phyllis Berman never had any qualms about eating meat when she was growing up, as long as it was kosher. That changed in recent years as the Mount Airy resident learned that animals killed for kosher meat, while slaughtered according to ancient traditions, most likely were raised in just as dirty, cramped and unnatural conditions as those used for conventional...
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More than 200 people gathered at the Hiway Theatre in Jenkintown last week to look at how the American film industry has portrayed interfaith relationships. The presentation kicked off InterFaithways' fourth annual family Shabbat programming, which includes special events designed to help deepen the relationship between intermarried families and their synagogues at more than 50 congregations in the Delaware Valley...
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If not for a friend in a secular choir who referred him to a Jewish choral gig, Robert Ross might still be singing Christian requiems instead of Jewish psalms. He'd always identified as Jewish, but hardly had any experience with the religion while growing up, much less the music. "There were vestiges of Jewish life in our household, but it...
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