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WRTI 90.1 Marks the High Holidays With Special Programming

By WRTI Staff WRTI 90.1 is marking the Days of Awe with special programming. Throughout the 10-day holiday season on WRTI, listeners will hear a variety...
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The Torah Is Not in Heaven

By Rabbi Eli Freedman Parshat Nitzavim As the month of Elul comes to a close and we prepare to enter our New Year of 5780, we...
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Where to Find Free Rosh Hashanah Services

Looking to celebrate Rosh Hashanah on a budget? Well, you’re in luck as there are shuls throughout Greater Philadelphia offering various kinds of free...
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Congregation Rodeph Shalom Abuzz With Rooftop Bees

While most people head to a supermarket for their Rosh Hashanah honey, one congregation in Philadelphia goes directly to the source. The rooftop of Congregation...
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A Call for Civic and Civil Dialogue

By Rabbi Gregory S. Marx Parshat Ki Tavo We all know the truth. Our country is in a terrible moral crisis. Not only are we attacking...
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Knowing Right Versus Wrong

By Rabbi Eric Yanoff Parshat Ki Teitzei Early in my career as a rabbi, I happened upon someone in my former congregation eating at an outdoor...
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Traveling Now to Find Our Heart

By Rabbi Fredi Cooper Parshat Shoftim I look above and see a different sky than I have encountered all summer. The clouds have changed their character...
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Tefillin, for the Win?

By Matt Silver It’s common for hockey players to wrap and get wrapped before games — stick blades and handles, skates and ankles and knees....
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We Are Merely the Caretakers

By Rabbi Howard Alter Parshat Re’eh Moses is quoted in this week’s Torah reading describing the Jewish nation as God’s Chosen People who are set aside...
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Unconditional Love and Covenantal Love

By Rabbi Sigal Brier Parshat Eikev In the midst of the many rules, laws and conditions which define covenantal love in Torah, we find God’s unconditional...