Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

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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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Edmon J. Rodman
Los Angeles In every generation, the Haggadah tells us, the wise, the simple, the non-askers and even the baddies are obligated to see themselves as though they themselves actually had come out from Egypt. Unfortunately, the closest many of us come to this ideal is a stroll through the Passover aisle of our neighborhood supermarket. Why does Passover have to...
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Leah Koenig, JTA
One of the secrets about the Jewish calendar is that many of the holidays have agricultural subtexts, which over time have been muted or lost completely under the historical and religious themes that were layered on top of them. Two of these -- Sukkot and Shavuot -- have maintained a relatively transparent relationship to their earthy roots. But finding the...
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After nearly two years of merger talks, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote and the Jenkintown-based Jewish Reconstructionist Federation have officially agreed to combine and form one organization. The final step in the process came at a Philadelphia meeting on Sunday. Delegates from the 105 congregations affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation voted overwhelmingly in favor of the move. The...
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METZORA, Leviticus 14:1-15:33
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Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Each of us remembers the houses and the neighborhoods in which we spent our childhoods. We learned where we were welcome to go trick or treating on Halloween, and which families greeted us warmly when, each spring, we walked from door to door taking orders for Girl Scout cookies. On my street, there was one house we always avoided, crossing...
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