Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Av 19, 5775

TETZAVEH, Exodus 27:20-30:10
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Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Jewish Exponent Feature
After the revelation at Sinai, how do we meet the challenge of becoming "a kingdom of priests and a holy nation"? Moses repeats "all the commands ... and all the rules ... (and) the people answer with one voice: ... 'All the things that God has commanded we will do!' " The Torah translates that lofty hope into a clear...
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TERUMAH, Exodus 25:1-27:19
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Rabbi Joshua Runyan
This week's Torah portion begins a bit like a bill of lading, listing all of the raw materials that went into the construction of the Tabernacle. All told, this movable sanctuary required "gold, silver and copper; blue, purple and crimson yarns, fine linen, goats' hair; tanned ram skins, [other animal] skins, and acacia wood; oil for lighting, spices for the...
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Nine-year-old Leedaar Alon giggled as she lowered a bright light over a metal grasshopper, setting the solar-paneled toy into a nervous skitter. Behind her, other fourth-graders in her class at the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim raced tiny cars using the same "solar" technique. On Sunday, Hebrew lessons took a back seat as the entire religious school rotated through a series...
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YITRO, Exodus 18:1-20:23
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Rabbi Howard A. Addison
Fear plays a controversial yet enduring role in our lives. While an Old Norse saying asserts, "Fear profits a man nothing," the Greek playwright, Aeschylus, observed that fear "must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls." The modern philosopher Bertrand Russell counted "those who fear life as three parts dead," while the British statesman, Benjamin Disraeli, claimed "fear .....
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t's Tu B'Shevat -- make a seder!
By:
Eileen Goltz, Jewish Exponent Feature
SLICE OF LIFE Battle stations, it's time to get ready for the seder. Get the Hagaddah, matzah -- wait; we don't need matzah for a Tu B'Shevat seder. This fun, educational and not-five-hour-long seder involves eating and enjoying the fruits native to the Land of Israel. During the seder, it's typical to serve four different kinds (glasses) of wine, and...
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