Sunday, April 26, 2015 Iyyar 7, 5775

VAYECHI, Genesis 47:28-50:26
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
A week after the holiday of Chanukah and its eight glorious nights of ever-increasing light, it's fair to say that when we approach this week's Torah portion, we're still on a spiritual high. And with the darkness of winter fast approaching, this portion's title, Vayechi -- which literally means "and he lived" -- signals the promise of life and fulfillment...
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VAYIGASH, Genesis 44:18-47:27
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Our experience tells us that talking things out leads to greater clarity and calm in difficult situations. This is the foundation of talk therapy; verbalizing what we are feeling or what happened to us to a listening ear brings us new insights. The impulse to tell our stories is everywhere -- in the memoirs on the bestseller lists and the...
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The flickering lights of the menorah inspire a variety of emotions among Jews -- from pride and a warm sense of belonging to sheer delight in their beauty. But for Jewish parents, they also bring a touch of worry -- as little eyes and hands are drawn to them. Small children should always be watched while the menorah is burning...
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Chanukah delicacies from other shores
By:
Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
When Shani Feinstein cooks, her Philadelphia kitchen is filled with the aromatic spices of her native Iran. Ordinary dishes like rice are transformed into a colorful mosaic of tantalizing flavors. In fact, the scents bring her back, so to speak. Memories of life in Tehran, she says, are as vivid as when she left as a young student, right after...
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In the four months since Rabbi Daniel Grodnitzky moved to the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, the young father said he's met more than 100 aspiring Jewish artists. By his estimates, there could be up to 1,000 Jews enrolled at the six art and music schools downtown -- and he wants to draw as many of them as he can into the...
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