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Finding connections most fun part of this mishnah

Posted on 21 July 2016

Dear Families, The most fun part of studying Pirke Avot is that each mishnah has different parts that, on first look, seem not to be connected. Our challenge, and the fun of studying, is figuring out what makes the different pieces connect. What do they teach us in combination? Yehoshua the son of Perachya says: […] Continue Reading

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Around the Town: Perot Museum, new addition

Around the Town

Around the Town: Perot Museum, new addition

Posted on 21 July 2016

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray sharon@tjpnews.com Daytimers will head to Perot On Aug. 17, Daytimers will ride nonstop to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The bus will depart from Congregation Beth-El promptly at 10 a.m. and should arrive at the museum about 11:15 a.m. Everyone will head home from the Perot at 2:30 p.m. […] Continue Reading

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Dallas Doings: Back the blue, fighting cancer, DJHS celebrates 45 years

Dallas Doings

Dallas Doings: Back the blue, fighting cancer, DJHS celebrates 45 years

Posted on 21 July 2016

Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray sharon@tjpnews.com Backing the Blue The Dallas Jewish community continues to take a leadership role in supporting the Dallas Police Department in the wake of the tragic July 7 shooting and loss of four Dallas police officers and one DART officer. Here are just a few examples: The Jewish Federation of Greater […] Continue Reading

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Historical Perspective

Hate sadly significant part of nation’s history

Posted on 21 July 2016

On July Fourth, we proudly celebrated our nation’s birthday, a day set aside to take pride in our country, rejoicing in the freedoms, rights and opportunities we all enjoy as American citizens, no matter who we are and what our station in life may be. Right? Not so. There are groups of Americans who historically […] Continue Reading

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Light Lines

Parents’ values, both good, bad, transfer to kids

Posted on 21 July 2016

I’ve been thinking for weeks about the Orlando massacre. On the morning after, like so many of us, I was in synagogue to say Yizkor for my parents. But this time, while remembering them for giving me life, I also offered special prayers of thanksgiving for the values they gave me by which to live […] Continue Reading

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Middle East Briefing

Won’t be lacking for content while in Israel

Posted on 14 July 2016

DALLAS — Notice the dateline on this update? A ‘dateline” tells the reader when and where the article was written. As most of you already know, I’m moving back to Israel in a few weeks. Therefore, this will be my last update datelined “Dallas.” Future articles and updates will be datelined as appropriate. And I’ll […] Continue Reading

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Shalom From the Shabbat Lady

Useful questions to ponder during this summer break

Posted on 14 July 2016

Dear Families, Each week at summer camp at the J, we follow the tradition of our sages and study the Talmudic Tractate known as Pirke Avot, Chapters of the Sages. Pirke Avot is comprised of six chapters and over 150 mishnayot or teachings. Each mishnah has many lessons for us to learn how to live […] Continue Reading

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Light Lines

Sober reminder of reality amid equality Shabbat

Posted on 14 July 2016

Seven policemen stood in the parking lot of Northaven United Methodist Church on a recent Friday evening, a precaution because Beth El Binah, the Dallas congregation founded years ago by gay and lesbian Jews, was having a special Shabbat service there. This truly welcoming church has become home to BEB, which outgrew its former space […] Continue Reading

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Ask the Rabbi

Mixing of defined roles expressly forbidden

Posted on 14 July 2016

Dear Rabbi Fried, I understand your comments about the holiness of the body, but I don’t understand how that relates to the question of transsexual surgery; would the body not continue to be holy even after such a transformative surgery? — Elaine W. Dear Elaine, The question of transsexual surgery touches upon a number of […] Continue Reading

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News

DHM junior board finds draw to service

Posted on 14 July 2016

By Ben Tinsley news@tjpnews.com DALLAS — June 20 marked the second year anniversary of the death of Pam Barnes — a former program coordinator and director of programming credited with creating the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance’s junior board of directors. The junior board, which consists of Dallas-area high school students from a […] Continue Reading

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