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Rabbi Mixes Art and Spirituality

Some of Rabbi Rebecca Richman’s West Philadelphia Art Beit Midrash students call her Rabbi Richman. Some go with Rabbi Bec. Others, just Bec. Differences aside,...

Caleb: Visions of What Can Be, Not Just What Is

By Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman Parshat Shelach Lecha In the current cultural and political environment, we have a great deal of difficulty agreeing on what is...
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Are the Clouds Lifting?

By Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein Parshat B’ha’alotecha From the day the mishkan was erected, the cloud covered the mishkan, the tent of the covenant ... whenever...
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What Is a Real Blessing?

ollega / iStock / Getty Images PlusBY RABBI ALAN ISER Parshat Naso One of my dearest childhood memories is going under my father’s tallit when the...

Synagogues Ponder Yellow Phase Changes

Philadelphia-area synagogues examine their options as the region moves into the yellow phase.
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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...