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Increase Your Own Jewishness

By Rabbi Daniel Levitt Parshat Emor Of the many laws in this week’s Torah portion, one of the most fundamental is that of kiddush hashem. Literally...
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Seeing the Face of God in Others

By Charles K. Briskin Parshat Kedoshim While the spring season brings about much joy, light and warmth, it also provides us with some of the more...
Eli Gabay and Rabbi Albert Gabbai look at Mikveh Israel Cemetery

Congregation Mikveh Israel Fundraises to Repair Historic Cemetery

Rabbi Albert Gabbai looked out onto the field of tombstones at Mikveh Israel Cemetery at Ninth and Spruce streets. At his feet was the...
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Must ‘Scapegoat’ Be Our Team Mascot?

By Rabbi Eric Yanoff Parshat Acharei Mot For the six years that I was a rabbi in Detroit, I found myself in a precarious position —...
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Finding Spiritual Meaning as Passover Ends

By Rabbi Shawn Zevit Passover The Pesach seder remains the most observed Jewish festival home gathering to this day. Whether you observe one or two sedarim, the...
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Philacatessen | Sweet Potato Toasts: Who Needs Bread?

My daughter came home from college for the holiday weekend and offered to make the latest trendy-healthy comestible for our post-gym brunch. They also happened...

Pharaoh’s Hard Heart: Cause or Effect?

By Rabbi Fred V. Davidow Passover The story of the Ten Plagues is well-known enough for us to recognize the phrase “And God hardened Pharaoh’s heart.” If...

A Behind-the-Scenes Look Into the PA Governor’s Residence Seder

What does it mean for Jews to have succeeded in a particular country? It’s certainly more complicated than escaping significant harm at the hands of...

Fishing for Flavor: A Gefilte Fish Taste Test

Is there another Jewish food as controversial as the jarred gefilte fish? Its mushy texture, that jellied broth, the fishy aroma that drifts through the...

Rodeph Shalom Offers Haggadah Guidance for LGBTQ Community

This is the time we tell the story and we put ourselves into the story, Senior Rabbi Jill Maderer told members at a recent...