Friday, July 11, 2014 Tammuz 13, 5774

BAMIDBAR, Numbers 1:1-4:20
By:
Rabbi Steven Saks
Politicians commonly complain that a statement or even a single word they uttered was taken out of context. It's a complaint we'll hear many times as the race for the White House heats up. Likewise, the name of this week's Torah portion, Parshat Bamidbar, can be taken out of context. It opens by telling us that "God spoke to Moses...
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BEHAR-BECHUKOTAI, Leviticus 25:1-27:34
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
A few years ago, I read a New Age book titled Surfing the Himalayas . The story begins with the protagonist snow-boarding down a mountain. As he comes careening down this mountain -- as fate, serendipity or bashert would have it -- he collides with a Buddhist monk. And thus begins, you've guessed it: his spiritual journey. "A lot of...
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By:
Ryan Teitman
Of all the sites that the U.S. government has officially designated as historic, only about 2,500 are National Historic Landmarks. This past Sunday, Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park was added to the list, becoming one of only four synagogues to earn such considerable status. Basically, it means that the synagogue is not just of cultural importance to the Jewish...
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By:
Ryan Teitman
"I'm a bit of a duck-billed platypus," said Rabbi Steven Greenberg, the author of Wrestling With God & Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition , as a form of introduction. He then went on to share his personal odyssey as a gay, Orthodox rabbi -- as well as his views on homosexuality and Torah -- to an audience gathered last...
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For the past 15 years or so, the Torah scroll at Beth Chaim Reform Congregation has been shuttled back and forth between the synagogue's various meeting spots -- which have included a barn, a college Catholic center and several public school buildings, among other locations. Its temporary "home" -- if you can actually call it that -- has most recently...
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Fri. Jul 11
Beth Sholom Congregation
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Fri. Jul 11
Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El
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