Saturday, April 25, 2015 Iyyar 6, 5775

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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
When the Conservative synagogue Adath Shalom in South Philadelphia closed its doors in 2007, it wasn't for lack of money. The congregation's aging population had dwindled to the point where the synagogue -- which in its heyday had held services three times daily -- could no longer form a minyan, had come to rely primarily on a part-time rabbi and...
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By:
Joshua Runyan
VAYERA, Genesis 18:1-22:24 This week's Torah portion contains one of the most famous occurrences of divine punishment, ranking right up there with the flood and the Tower of Babel: the destruction of several cities and the saving of Abraham's nephew Lot. Ask any child which cities were destroyed, and he or she will tell you that it was only Sodom...
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Rabbi Danielle Stillman
LECH LECHA, Genesis 12:1-17:25 "Lech Lecha! Go forth." These are the words that God speaks to Abraham at the beginning of this week's portion. With that, the drama of the patriarchs and matriarchs is put into motion -- Abraham's wanderings, Sara's barrenness, the birth of Ishmael -- all begin in this portion. But I am most captivated by those opening...
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Some traditions at play at Main Line synagogue
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With a tallit draped over his shoulders and a guitar resting on his lap, Rabbi Ethan Franzel sat, eyes closed and completely still, in the dimly lit chapel at Main Line Reform Temple-Beth Elohim in Wynnewood. At 6:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning, darkness still enveloped the sky; the lights in the rest of the building hadn't even been turned on...
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By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
Noach, Genesis 6:9-11:32 "Why," asks the Slonimer Rebbe, "does the Torah begin with so many accounts of degradation?" Both this week's sedra and its predecessor are rife with accounts of faithlessness, murder, violence, perversion and hubris. No sooner do we leave Bereshit's narrative of humanity's expulsion from Paradise and Cain's murder of Abel then we are greeted by Noah's story...
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