Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Iyyar 17, 5775

By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Staff
Northeast Philadelphia -- once a stronghold of the Philadelphia Jewish community -- has said farewell to yet another synagogue: After 113 years, Adath Zion Congregation has closed its doors and merged with Congregation Ner Zedek-Ezrath Israel-Beth Uziel on Bustleton Avenue, in the Rhawnhurst section of the city. Adath Zion president Neil Schmerling said there were several reasons why it was...
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Va-yera, Genesis 18:1-22:24
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
This week's parshah, Va-Yera, continues the story of Abraham and Sarah that we began reading last week. Abraham welcomes three travelers, not realizing that they are, in fact, angels. They tell Abraham that his 90-year-old wife, Sarah, will bear him a son, and we also read about the birth of that son, Isaac. Abraham attempts to bargain with God to...
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LEKH LEKHA, Genesis 12:1-17:27
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
Here's a fantasy to indulge in. A lawyer knocks on your door and announces you've inherited a family estate you knew nothing about. The only thing standing between you and your landed fortune is proof of identity, which you gladly offer, and the inheritance becomes yours. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev notes that our parshah's story of Abraham is like...
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NOAH, Genesis 6:9-11:32
By:
Rabbi Richard Hirsh
The narrative of the flood and the family of Noah occupies much of this week's portion. Compared to the previous portion that dealt with creation and the family of Adam and Eve, these early chapters deal not with the ancestors of the Jews but with the generic ancestors of all humanity. Adam and Noah represent a vision of creation that...
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Outside Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, a sign roots for the home team, as it prepares to take on Tampa Bay in the World Series. Photo by Joanna Lightner
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