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Reflecting the Divine Image

By Rabbi Fred V. Davidow Parshat Bereshit Bereshit contains the well-known verse: “So God created the human beings in (the divine) image, creating (them) in the...
Brandon Bowman and friends at the Western Wall

Why Hebrew School Students Choose Confirmation

Mia Schwartzberg grew up looking up at a photo of her father on a wall at Main Line Reform Temple. That wall was filled with...
Main Line Reform Temple members Susan and Bruce Golboro in their sukkah

Main Line Reform Temple Brings Sukkot in the Sukkah-Mobile

There’s nothing like last week’s pounding rain and 50 mph winds to remind sukkah-dwellers of the impermanence of the sukkah as a symbol. Still, when...
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Why Do We Sit in the Sukkah?

By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Sukkot “You shall dwell in booths for seven days… So that your generations will know that I caused the children of Israel...
Cantor Lynn Torgove leads vocal warmups with Kol Arev

The Cantorate’s Future Is Bright at Hebrew College

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS — On a bright Monday morning, about 10 miles west of Boston, a group — mostly rabbis and cantors in training...
an adult woman and a young girl in a sukkah

What Forms the Rocks of Life?

By Rabbi Joshua Waxman Parshat Ha’azinu A podcast by political reporters that I regularly listen to recently found the contributors stepping back and reflecting on this...
People building a sukkah at Julian Abele Park

Center City Kehillah Expands Number of Sukkahs in Public Parks

The Center City Kehillah has built a sukkah at Julian Abele Park in Graduate Hospital for the last several years, but this year the...
Rabbi Bec Richman writes holy texts at a desk

The Growing Ranks of Female Scribes

It was never inconceivable that Linda Coppleson would be doing this. At least to her, anyway. Coppleson, 69, grew up in a shul dedicated to...
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Synagogue Constructs Large Inflatable Whale for Yom Kippur

The reading of the Book of Jonah is customary for Yom Kippur, but one synagogue is going a step further. Beth David Reform Congregation in...
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Who Wrote the Torah? The Answer Doesn’t Impact Value

By Rabbi Peter Rigler Parshat Vayalech “Moses wrote down this Torah and gave it to the Priests, sons of Levi, who carried the Ark of the...