Saturday, July 12, 2014 Tammuz 14, 5774

By:
Sara N. S. Meirowitz
The subject was parshah Kedoshim, the Levitical holiness code, and I was attending my local egalitarian minyan, listening to a lay leader speak about the Torah reading. He was addressing the sensitive topic of the prohibition against male-male sexual relations, sharing a personal story about a gay friend's coming out. "As a modern Conservative Jew," he said, "I didn't know...
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By:
Elie Kaunfer
Revelation is often considered the most intimate moment between God and the Jewish people. It is compared to a wedding, the culmination of a love affair, albeit a complicated one. But what if revelation were not a model for exclusive attachment but a narrative of universal relevance? How might that change our understanding of law-giving on Mount Sinai? Two midrashim...
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BEHAR, Leviticus 25:1-27:34
By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
This week's Torah reading has a special Philadelphia connection. It contains the words inscribed on the Liberty Bell: "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof" (Leviticus 25:10). The Liberty Bell was originally created to mark the 50th anniversary of William Penn's 1701 Charter of Privileges, and it later became associated with the Declaration of Independence and,...
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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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By:
Fredda Sacharow
Rabbi Simeon J. Maslin In 1980, when Simeon J. Maslin became senior rabbi at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, it was all about the suburbs. “All suburban congregations were thriving. We had Confirmation classes of 70 or 80 kids — it was the culmination of the suburban migration. I got in on the tail end of this great...
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