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Shalom From the Shabbat Lady

Concepts of justice, fairness tough for children to learn

Posted on 25 May 2017

Dear Families, Each year as we prepare for camp, we think about the many issues that children face and how to guide them in the right direction. One of the things that we hear from children is, “It’s not fair.” They spend a lot of time learning to understand the concept of fairness and justice. […] Continue Reading

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Trump has ‘new reasons for hope’ after whirlwind Middle East visit

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Trump has ‘new reasons for hope’ after whirlwind Middle East visit

Posted on 25 May 2017

President heralds ‘rare opportunity’ to bring peace, stability to Israel JTA JERUSALEM — President Donald Trump arrived in Israel for a whirlwind 28-hour visit, saying his trip to the region has given him “new reasons for hope.” Air Force One touched down on the tarmac at Ben-Gurion International Airport shortly after 12:30 p.m.Monday. The landing […] Continue Reading

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Manchester’s Jews saddened, not surprised after concert bombing killed at least 22

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Manchester’s Jews saddened, not surprised after concert bombing killed at least 22

Posted on 25 May 2017

Residents have been preparing for, expecting attack for years By Cnaan Liphshiz JTA Britain’s bloodiest terrorist attack in over a decade occurred Monday just two miles from Rabbi Yisroel Cohen’s synagogue. Yet one day after the deadly bombing in Manchester, Cohen told JTA he has no intention of changing security arrangements at his congregation. In […] Continue Reading

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Light Lines

Paying forward lesson easily glossed over

Posted on 25 May 2017

She’s the only friend still left from my elementary school days. Patricia (she was Patty then) now lives in Denver, but we keep in good touch, often reminiscing about our shared, early hometown experiences. Malcolm Cowley, a distinguished American writer, was also a Pittsburgher, and during the time I was studying at the city’s university, […] Continue Reading

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Film review: ‘The Wedding Plan’ romantic comedy with an Orthodox twist

Posted on 25 May 2017

For those who remember Rama Burshtein’s first film, Fill the Void, you’ll want to grab your hat and coat (it’s cold in theaters these days — haven’t you noticed?) and head for a screening of her new film, The Wedding Plan. Again, Burshtein pulls back the curtain on the Orthodox community and a wedding is […] Continue Reading

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Spiritual experience no matter the age

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Spiritual experience no matter the age

Posted on 25 May 2017

Temple Emanu-El members meet for special service during Shavuot By Deb Silverthorn Special to the TJP Temple Emanu-El welcomes a host of adults who are celebrating their own coming of age in the Jewish community. At 7 p.m. May 30 in the Tycher Gathering Space, class members will chant the commandments received by the children […] Continue Reading

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Ask the Rabbi

Why Shavuot holiday isn’t explicitly addressed in Torah

Posted on 25 May 2017

Dear Rabbi Fried, I have done a search and am shocked to have found that the holiday of Shavuot is not mentioned in the Torah! How could something as important as Shavuot being the day the Jews received the Torah at Sinai not be mentioned in connection to that holiday? Brian S. Dear Brian, The […] Continue Reading

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Historical Perspective

Make this Memorial Day more meaningful

Posted on 25 May 2017

With Memorial Day weekend just ahead, here are some suggestions to make these three days an opportunity for each of us to perform a mitzvah. Whether or not you are Jewish, attend your house of worship, paying homage to the sacred memory of those men and women who gave their lives defending our country. On […] Continue Reading

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Author: Connection to spirituality has many observable advantages

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Author: Connection to spirituality has many observable advantages

Posted on 18 May 2017

Miller talks book, research at Akiba By Deb Silverthorn Special to the TJP Parents and teachers were the students on April 20 when scientist, professor and psychologist Dr. Lisa Miller, author of The Spiritual Child: The New Science of Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving, was hosted by Akiba Academy as part of the Harold […] Continue Reading

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Shalom From the Shabbat Lady

Don’t ignore Shavuot’s value to individuals

Posted on 18 May 2017

Dear Families, Let’s talk about counting — specifically about counting the Omer. Some people don’t know what I’m talking about, some think it is meaningless today, and some, like me, have an app on their phone. It reminds me, gives me the blessing and even gives me some things to think about each night. At […] Continue Reading

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