Ritual Life

Synagogues Ponder Yellow Phase Changes

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Philadelphia-area synagogues examine their options as the region moves into the yellow phase.
Ancient scrolls of papyrus paper with Hebrew text

A Daf a Day, in Quarantine

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South Philadelphia Shtiebel’s Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter and a coterie of students — numbering more than a basketball team, but fewer than a minyan —...
Alana Ufberg

11-Year-Old Sews ‘Superhero’ Masks For Charity

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At 11, Alana Ufberg already knows that not all superheroes wear capes. Increasingly, she’s noticed, they wear masks. By the time Gov. Tom Wolf called on...
David Broza sings at the Global Gathering for Healing, which drew thousands online.

What Does Prayer Feel Like Right Now?

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Thousands of Conservative Jews from around the world gathered together for prayer, song and a little Torah learning on April 5. It wasn’t in person,...
A student uses the online library Sefaria to read Torah.

Torah and TikTok: Not Your Dad’s Bar Mitzvah

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While their parents may have relied on tape recorders and CDs for their own b’nei mitzvah preparations, students today learning to chant Torah can...
Zalmy Sputz, son of Rabbi Hirshi Sputz and Shevy Sputz, just as his upsherin begins

Adventures in Lesser-Known Milestones: The Upsherin

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If you’re keeping score on your Jewish milestone celebrations bingo card at home, there are a few squares you’ve probably filled a few times...
Jewish graves

Jewish Death and Mourning Rituals in Philly Adjust to Epidemic

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On March 18, Lisa Leff went to a shiva. She didn’t bring food, and she didn’t pin a kriyah ribbon to her clothing. She...
Drexel student picks up his Shabbat to-go package from Chabad house.

Jewish Ritual Life in Philly Adapts to Coronavirus

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In crisis, one natural question is, “Where is God?” When, as with the present global pandemic, public gatherings are off-limits, we’re ordered to stay at...
Symbols of Judaism

How Coronavirus has Impacted Jewish Ritual Practices

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As the coronavirus spreads, communities are grappling with how best to approach daily living without a known vaccine. And that includes Jewish communities. Synagogues in all...
daf yomi class

Locals Begin New Seven-Year Daf Yomi Cycle

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Everywhere Dovid Flam looked in MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, he saw Jews celebrating Torah learning. More than 90,000 people came to the stadium Jan. 1...