Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774

SH'LACH, Leviticus 13:1-15-41
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman, Jewish Exponent Feature
In this week's Torah portion -- in stunning fashion -- the classical meets the contemporary. Our biblical tradition not only informed, but helped to create a necessary "marketing tool" of modern statecraft, even as it created a symbol that still causes a welling-up of Jewish pride. God grants Moses license to Sh'lach l'cha anashim: "Send forth men, if you please,...
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Beha'alotcha, Numbers 8:1-12:16
By:
Rabbi Alan Iser
Sometimes, our rabbis derived worlds of meaning from simple phrases. Such is the case with the third verse of this week's portion. After God instructs Moses to tell Aaron how to light the menorah in the sanctuary, the Torah notes, "Aaron did so. He mounted the lamps at the front of the menorah as God had commanded Moses." Rashi, quoting...
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Naso, Numbers 4:21-7:89
By:
Rabbi Gregory S. Marx
The Bible makes it clear that our ancestors considered themselves to have been chosen by God to be a holy people. For hundreds of years, we Jews, who inherited the covenant of Abraham, have been puzzled by the concept of being "chosen." If God "chose" the Jews, why then have the Jews suffered so much? How can we reconcile the...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
Maryanne Crager is facing a bit of a problem. The stores she represents as public-affairs manager for Genuardi's supermarkets are known for their sizable kosher departments, but at the Wynnewood and Rockledge locations right now, customers may be disappointed. At the moment, Crager reported, Genuardi's has a "limited supply" of kosher deli meat. The reason is that the market's kosher-meat...
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Soups are a cool way to bring in Shavuot
By:
Linda Morel, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Shavuot celebrations often center around brunch, where lox and bagels grab the attention. Those who branch out typically gravitate to blintzes and kugels. But in the Old Country, Shavuot meals often started with cold, creamy soups -- an appetizer that has all but disappeared in today's grab-and-go world. I suspect that cold soups have been replaced by smoothies, a staple...
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