Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Elul 24, 5776

TERUMAH, Exodus 25:1-27:19
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Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Five years ago, my brother requested an unusual 50th birthday gift. He asked if we would join him to work for a couple of days in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans. We readily agreed. On our last day there, we explored neighborhoods beyond the severely damaged St. Bernard Parish, where we had joined a remarkable gathering of volunteers of all ages from...
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What would happen if two 20-something Jews were asked to entertain hundreds of restless Ramah campers for an hour on a rain-soaked summer day? As it turned out, it was something like midrash meets Monty Python, with a little bit of Mel thrown in -- Brooks, that is. That's how Andrew Davies and Aaron Friedman -- who both spent the...
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For the leaders of Temple Brith Achim, a 275-family Reform congregation in King of Prussia, scrapping membership dues two years ago in favor of a pay-what-you-wish approach was a bit like stepping off a cliff. But after overhauling how members fund the entire synagogue operation -- in part, by trading the word "dues" for the more altruistic-sounding term "gift" --...
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MISHPATIM, Exodus 21:1-24:18
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Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Open a volume of the Code of Federal Regulations or a copy of your local township's ordinances and you'll likely find a dry tabulation of seemingly disconnected laws, bereft of soul and lacking in any semblance of overarching character. At first glance, that appears to be what this week's Torah portion offers: a list of 53 laws dealing with such...
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YITRO, Exodus 18:1-20:23
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Rabbi Danielle Stillman
"If you will obey Me faithfully and keep My covenant you shall be My treasured possession among all the peoples. Indeed, all the earth is Mine, but you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." God speaks these words through Moses to the people, as they prepare to receive the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai...
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