Thursday, July 10, 2014 Tammuz 12, 5774

By:
Rabbi Rayzel Raphael
The book of Ruth is read at this time of year on Shavuot. Traditionally an agrarian holiday celebrating the barley harvest, Shavuot also represents the sacred marriage between Israel and the Divine. The themes of harvest and relationships are also present in the book of Ruth, which is a story of people from different faiths and cultures joining together out...
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Talk about the intersection of religion and politics. Next week marks two important dates on our Jewish and political calendars: Shavuot and the Pennsylvania political primary. There appears no obvious connection between the two events beyond the convergence of dates -- polls will close on the May 18 primary just as Shavuot is beginning. But one shared question looms for...
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A Mother's Day Reflection
By:
Joan H. Sadoff
"I am Woman," sung by Helen Reddy, was at the top of the charts. Skirts were short, hair and sideburns were long, and platform shoes were the rage. It was 1973, and the eldest of our four children was about to become the first Bat Mitzvah of her generation in our family. Both sets of grandparents had traveled from Miami...
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Camps Spark an Interest in Oneself and the World I read Joel Einleger's opinion piece with interest ("Why a Specifically 'Jewish' Camp? Let's Count the Reasons," April 22). As the parent of children who have attended Ramah and Pinemere, and as a former JCC Camp Reeta camper, I agree with what he opined about the joys and benefits of Jewish...
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Despite Iran's twisted effort to hijack this week's nuclear nonproliferation conference at the United Nations, the United States and other Western nations turned the heat back on the Islamic Republic's obfuscation when it comes to its own nuclear program. But walking out on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his speech -- as several nations did -- is not enough. Too...
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