Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

B'HA'ALOTEKHA, Numbers 8:1-12:16
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Every individual who grows up in a family with siblings knows that our primary relationships can retain power throughout our lives. Whether we are the eldest, the youngest or in the middle, each of us is shaped and challenged by the connections, or the disconnections, of our earliest years. The book of Genesis is filled with narratives of sibling rivalry,...
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NASO, Numbers 4:21-7:89
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Rabbi Joshua Runyan
NASO, Numbers 4:21-7:89 Getting there, they say, is half the fun. But what if it seems like you're not getting anywhere? In our fast-paced modern world, a few things remain agonizingly slow: the long line at the DMV, the Schuylkill Expressway at rush hour, the wait for contractions to progress to full labor. But in each of these cases, there's...
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BAMIDBAR, Numbers 1:1-4:20
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Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Are you the type of traveler who plans every detail of the trip, making lists and the necessary reservations? Or do you throw everything together into a backpack and rely on your guidebook once you get there? Do you rent a car with a GPS, or ask the locals for directions? In this week's Torah portion, we are brought back...
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Apparently, not all Jewish festivals have been created equal. Passover has the seder -- the most widely observed Jewish ritual -- the eating of matzah and a stirring narrative of a people's deliverance from slavery. Sukkot, which has undergone something of a revival among non-Orthodox Jews in recent years, has the building of the sukkah booth at home, and the...
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Rabbi Shmuel Jablon, JE Feature
In the Talmud, the festival of Shavuot is normally referred to as "Atzeret," which, roughly translated, means a "day of assembly." However, the word implies even more, since atzeret signifies a closing day of assembly. For example, after the festival of Sukkot comes Shemini Atzeret, the "Eighth Day of Assembly." Though it is, in the words of the sages, "a...
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