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Continuing Our Traditions with a Fifth Year of RH²

As the Marom Band begins our set at RH²: Rosh Hashanah in Rittenhouse Square I look out from the stage at the crowd of celebrants and my heart swells. I see people of all ages and appearances proudly gathering on the Square to celebrate Rosh Hashanah together. Some are singing along or dancing, some are… Read More

Posted: July 19, 2018 by

Deserts & Oases

Matot Masei 5778 / 14 July 2018

Shabbat Shalom. Right in the middle of parshat Matot Masei, the action is interrupted for a long, long list of all the places the Israelites went during their 40 years of wandering in the desert. “And they journeyed from Ritmah and camped at Rimmon-Perez. And they journeyed from Rimmon-Perez and camped at Libnah. And they… Read More

Posted: July 16, 2018 by

The Depths of Faith

Shlakh 5778 / 9 June 2018

In the common understanding, parashat Shlakh is the story of faith – or rather, lack of faith. The spies, sent to scout the Land of Israel in preparation for its conquest, lack faith in God to deliver them in victory and discourage the Israelites, calling for a return to Egypt rather than certain death in battle. God… Read More

Posted: June 13, 2018 by

Desire and Gratitude

Beha’alotkha 5778 / 2 June 2018

In the ten years that Rebecca and I struggled through infertility, the hardest part for me came shortly after we moved to Chicago, when Odelia was about three years old and we were going through cycles of IVF in order to grow our family. Doctors use the term “secondary infertility” to describe this scenario, when… Read More

Posted: June 7, 2018 by

Getting Out the Vote!

On June 11 and June 18, Stephen Springer of the Center City Voter Registration Initiative will lead training sessions on voter registration. After these sessions, he will invite people to register voters with shifts and locations that he will organize. For more information about the training, read here. Stephen wants to emphasize the importance of… Read More

Posted: May 30, 2018 by