Saturday, August 2, 2014 Av 6, 5774

By:
Aaron Passman, JE Feature
When the Conservative synagogue Adath Shalom in South Philadelphia closed its doors in 2007, it wasn't for lack of money. The congregation's aging population had dwindled to the point where the synagogue -- which in its heyday had held services three times daily -- could no longer form a minyan, had come to rely primarily on a part-time rabbi and...
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By:
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
HAYE SARAH, Genesis 23:1-25:18 When the dramatic events were over, Abraham and Isaac traveled home to Beersheva. So it's surprising that at the beginning of this week's portion, we find Abraham traveling to Hebron to bury his wife. What was she doing there, and why did Abraham make a special journey to arrange her burial? To understand the relationship between...
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By:
Joshua Runyan
VAYERA, Genesis 18:1-22:24 This week's Torah portion contains one of the most famous occurrences of divine punishment, ranking right up there with the flood and the Tower of Babel: the destruction of several cities and the saving of Abraham's nephew Lot. Ask any child which cities were destroyed, and he or she will tell you that it was only Sodom...
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By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
LECH LECHA, Genesis 12:1-17:25 "Lech Lecha! Go forth." These are the words that God speaks to Abraham at the beginning of this week's portion. With that, the drama of the patriarchs and matriarchs is put into motion -- Abraham's wanderings, Sara's barrenness, the birth of Ishmael -- all begin in this portion. But I am most captivated by those opening...
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By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
Noach, Genesis 6:9-11:32 "Why," asks the Slonimer Rebbe, "does the Torah begin with so many accounts of degradation?" Both this week's sedra and its predecessor are rife with accounts of faithlessness, murder, violence, perversion and hubris. No sooner do we leave Bereshit's narrative of humanity's expulsion from Paradise and Cain's murder of Abel then we are greeted by Noah's story...
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