Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774

Naso, Numbers 4:21-7:89
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
Naso contains the most powerful of scriptural blessings, Birkat Kohanim, the Threefold Priestly Benediction. Through a 15-word invocation, Aaron and his descendants are commanded to confer upon the people Israel God's blessing and protection, radiance and grace, favor and peace. This moving brachah is invoked daily during morning and afternoon services, every Friday evening when we bless our children, and...
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SHAVUOT
By:
Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
For those of us outside of Israel, there is no "portion of the week" this coming Sabbath. The two-day holiday of Shavuot falls on Friday and Saturday, and pre-empts the regular reading. Instead, I will devote this column to the book of Ruth, which is heard at shul this week. There is hardly an example of human tragedy that is...
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Synagogues seek innovative ways to keep teenagers on board
What makes Maya Rosenberg different from many other 13-year-olds is that she likes to learn -- about Judaism. "Torah stories. Holidays. Jewish customs." Rosenberg lists things that she's looking forward to exploring when she enrolls in her first year of Hebrew high school this fall at Har Zion Temple, a Conservative congregation in Penn Valley. She became a Bat Mitzvah...
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BAMIDBAR, Numbers: 1:1-4:20
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Ever had a bad neighbor? You know: the upstairs family that sounds like a herd of elephants at night? The next door workaholic who likes to get the mowing done before rush hour? While describing a census of the Jewish people and the role of the 12 tribes in transporting the Tabernacle, this week's portion also gives us a glimpse...
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At Shavuot time, tradition says: Think dairy!
By:
Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Shavuot is the late spring festival that begins seven weeks after the first day of Passover. Agriculturally, it commemorates the time when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, thus the Festival of the First Fruits. Historically, it is the celebration of the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses at Mount Sinai. Shavuot is generally associated...
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