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Shavuot: First Fruits of Revelation

BY Rabbi Shawn Zevit Shavuot This week heralds in Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, one of our three regalim, or pilgrimage festivals, which originated as an...
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Stand at the Edge of Opportunity

By Rabbi Kami Knapp Parshat Bamidbar Imagine the scene: Moses, Miriam and Aaron have led the people from Egypt. With slavery at their backs and freedom...
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Jewish Philly Celebrates Shavuot Online

Jewish organizations are helping Philadelphians celebrate a socially distant Shavuot with virtual events and study sessions. Center City Kehillah, which usually hosts an all-night interdenominational...
The Spinka family cozies up for a bonfire. From left: Tehilla, Sara, Devora, Yoni, Shua and Avrami Spinka

Wind Doesn’t Halt Lag B’Omer Bonfires

The evening of Lag B’Omer 5780 — also known as May 11 — was windy and unseasonably cold. Not exactly ideal conditions to celebrate...
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How Much Is a Life Worth?

By Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner Parshat Behar-BeChukotai Did you ever wonder what your life is worth? The U.S. government and its agencies do ask, “What is the...
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To Be or Not to Be a Kohen

By Rabbi David Ackerman Parshat Emor A man walks into the rabbi’s study, visibly distressed. “Sit down,” says the rabbi. “What troubles you?” “Rabbi,” he begins, “I’d...
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A Daf a Day, in Quarantine

South Philadelphia Shtiebel’s Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter and a coterie of students — numbering more than a basketball team, but fewer than a minyan —...
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Forging Trust Vital to Society

By Rabbi Jon Cutler Parshat Aharei Mot-K’doshim The double portion of the Torah reading this week, Aharei Mot-K’doshim, contains one chapter that’s known for its moral...
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A Time of Revelation, Accounting

By Rabbi David Levin Parshat Metzorah At home, socially distanced from the world, the silence is deafening and the sights are limited to what is accessible by...
Jason Alexander, upper right, invites non-Jews Josh Groban, upper left, Darren Criss, lower left and Rachel Brosnahan to join in a virtual Seder webcast on YouTube, April 11, 2020.

Celebrity-Studded Seder Raises $2.6M for Charity

By Ron Kampeas / JTA With its glittering assembly of stars, jokes that worked and attendees who could, well, sing, it was the Zoom Seder...