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Philadelphia Rabbi Jill Maderer Discusses Pandemic Impact on Worship, Education, Pastoral Care

As part of a series of discussions about the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the Jewish community worldwide, Rabbi Jill L. Maderer, senior rabbi at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia, describes changes in Jewish worship, community life, and pastoral care needs. [Read more…]

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Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23) Each According to One’s Ability

This week’s portion, Emor, presents us with a series of intriguing issues We look at the series of regulations around the priests, especially as they relate to being impure in association with the dead. We have verses [Read more…]

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Rabbis Jan Katzew and Stacey Schlein Discuss Pandemic Impact on Jewish Education

Rabbi Jan Katzew, Associate Professor of Education and Jewish Thought at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, and Rabbi Stacey Schlein, rabbi-educator at The Temple-Tiferet Israel, Beachwood, Ohio, discuss the effect of the pandemic on Jewish Education. [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Acharei Mot-K’doshim (Leviticus 16:1-20:27) Holding On To What?

This double portion details so many issues that this week’s Torah study will be overflowing with discussion. This double portion includes a swath of ordinances dealing with sexual issues that still are discussed to this [Read more…]

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Shelley Craig, Program Director, Faith & Grief, Discusses Support After Death of a Loved One

Shelley Craig, program director of Faith & Grief, discusses the organization’s mission to provide opportunities for comfort and hope to those who have experienced the death of a loved one. [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

Tazriah-M’Tzorah (Leviticus 12:1-15:33) A Plague of Sick Souls?

This double portion–long the bane of b’nai mitzvah students–presents unique challenges. From the prohibitions associated with childbirth through the laws deaing with the nega-tzara’at (the plague of a scaly eruption) on skin, clohing and even houses; we [Read more…]

THREAD founder Lane Gardner chats about the organization's arts-centered therapeutic workshops for trauma survivors on the April 9, 2021 Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast
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THREAD uses art-centered and therapeutic workshops to help victims of trauma, says founder Lane Gardner

Rabbi Address chats with Lane Gardner, president and co-founder of Thread (threadconnects.org). THREAD strives to address and alleviate the unrelenting presence of trauma in our world through arts centered and therapeutic workshops. [Read more…]

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Sh’mini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47) The Defeaning Sound of Silence

After about an hour flight, our helicopter dropped us off on the top of a mountain, on a glacier. The sky was a blue that defied description. The air was crisp. There was no sound. [Read more…]