September 25, 2015
ISSUE | KAPAROT Jewish tradition misrepresented While I am reluctant to be seen as supporting a custom that is in fact dismissed in the Code of Jewish Law ( Orach Chaim 605:1 ), as one that should not be practiced, I cannot overlook the vicious headline and misleading content of this letter ("A barbaric means of atonement," Monday). The custom, observed by some, of slaughtering a chicken and donating it to a poor family before the Day of Atonement is not a requirement of Jewish law. When observed, Jewish law requires that the chicken be treated humanely, as in the case of all animals slaughtered for kosher food.
June 9, 2014 |
When teachers at the Perelman Jewish Day School in Montgomery County were told in March that the private religious academy would no longer recognize their 60-member union, they filed a federal labor complaint - and then they went to a higher authority. With the clock ticking toward the end of their existing contract, Perelman teachers and their supporters are hoping a last-ditch appeal to Jewish religious law - specifically a 2008 finding by the religion's Conservative movement that affiliated institutions can't interfere with labor organizing - can save their union.
May 7, 2014 |
IN THE ORTHODOX Jewish community of Northeast Philadelphia, one of the most revered figures was Rabbi Aaron Felder. He was not only a great scholar but also a loyal friend who was always available to help anyone, Orthodox or not, and he could tell a good joke. Far from the kind of scholar who stays immersed in books, studying arcane texts, Rabbi Felder liked to get out of his synagogue and engage the life of the city. "He was a man of the world," his longtime friend, Rabbi Solomon Isaacson, told the Jewish Exponent . Felder, for many decades the spiritual leader of B'nai Israel-Ohev Zedek at Castor and Solly avenues in the Northeast, died Friday at age 70. "No. 1, he was a scholar," Isaacson said.
April 16, 2014
Healing the planet As holistic nurses, we appreciate the spotlight that the approach of Earth Day focuses on protecting and preserving the planet ("Cleaning up New Jersey's act," April 7). It reminds us that we can't function or live well if water is polluted, the air contaminated, or the land poisoned, and ensures we consider the health of the ecosystem in relation to the health and safety of those in our care. Since we are taught to encourage natural healing from sunlight, minerals, and plants, Earth Day is a day for celebrating how body, mind, and spirit come together and are supported by the environment in which we live.
February 12, 2013
Rabbi David Hartman, 81, one of the world's leading Jewish philosophers, who promoted both Jewish pluralism and interfaith dialogue, died Sunday, Feb. 10, after a long illness, said the Shalom Hartman Institute, founded by the rabbi more than 30 years ago. The Brooklyn-born Hartman was known for bringing a more liberal Judaism to the conservative brand commonplace in Israel, where he moved in 1971 after holding rabbinic posts in the United States...
February 11, 2013
JERUSALEM - Rabbi David Hartman, one of the world's leading Jewish philosophers who promoted both Jewish pluralism and interfaith dialogue, has died. He was 81. The Brooklyn-born Hartman was known for bringing a more liberal Judaism to the conservative brand commonplace in Israel, where he moved in 1971 after holding rabbinical posts in the U.S. and Canada. He is praised for having developed a unique Jewish philosophy that positioned man at the center of Judaism, opening the door to a more tolerant approach that took personal choice and experience into greater account.
October 7, 2011 |
AT GAME ONE of the National League Division Series, Broad Street Billy hung out on the rooftop of Citizens Bank Park with "Doc's Patients" - Phillies die-hards in matching hospital gowns who have seen almost every Roy Halladay start since July 5, 2010. They'll be at the park for tonight's do-or-die Game 5, knocking back Bud Lites, eyeing the ladies and, after each Doc strikeout, miming defibrillator resuscitations on each other's chests, then shouting, "1-2-3 Clear!" While the core Doc's Patients - Mike Jaffe of Wynnewood, Matt Leddy of Havertown, Ryan Christianson of Roxborough, Joe Bruno of Bala Cynwyd and Nick Mayo of Broomall - hung on Halladay's every pitch last Saturday, Leddy's college pal Tim Patz eyed roving Phillies-fan photographer Carina Groskopa of West Chester, and told Billy, "Girls love me. " "No," Leddy said.
January 18, 2010 |
The prayers of the world might be focused on Haiti, but Jewish tradition says God was paying special attention yesterday to a little rowhouse synagogue on South Fourth Street. "May all your prayers be answered," Torah scribe Menachem Youlus said each time he extended his ink-stained hand to the men and women departing the open Torah scroll at Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel. More than 50 had come to ritually ink in a letter of the restored scroll, but few seemed prepared for the emotion of the moment.
December 2, 2008 |
It was a tough Thanksgiving for Jacob Levy at Cherry Hill Kosher Mart. His supplier of kosher turkeys raised the price about 20 percent, but Levy said he couldn't pass that kind of increase on to his customers. "Thanksgiving was very hard to me," Levy said. "There's a shortage of meat," he said. "When there's a shortage, the price goes up, and the margin goes down. I had to suffer myself. " And Levy wasn't the only one suffering. Donald O'Brien, the category manager for ethnic foods at Acme Markets Inc., was scrambling to find enough kosher meat products to stock three key stores in kosher areas, although he did manage to scrounge up enough turkeys.
December 4, 2006
RE THE letter from Judicial Watch President Thomas Fitton on late-term abortions: For starters, the medically indefinable procedure he refers to - the bill's medical fuzziness being one basis for legal challenge - does not occur during the birth of a child. By definition, an abortion, however late, occurs prior to and to prevent birth. Further, under Jewish law, it is quite possible that a late-term abortion, however it might be performed and however undesirable such a procedure may be under normal circumstances, could be required.