March 26, 1997 |
Ari Elon, director of the department of rabbinic texts at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, will be the scholar-in-residence this weekend at Congregation Beth Israel, Gayley Terrace at Baker Street, Media. Elon will offer a D'var Torah at the 8 p.m. Shabbat service Friday and will lead a discussion and study of the Talmud at the 10 a.m. service Saturday. Elon is the author of From Jerusalem to the Edge of Heaven: Meditations on the Soul of Israel. CHARTERED Marketplace Community Church, 500 Chesterbrook Blvd.
November 7, 1999 |
The standing-room crowds included elderly rabbis and young bar mitzvahs, doctors, housewives, computer consultants and others, all eager for an insight into Judaism. Many came clutching a legendary book: a white-jacketed, gilt-edged edition of the Talmud, or Jewish oral law, bearing the name of one Judaism's greatest scholars. Steinsaltz. It is a name some Jews utter in the same breath with Maimonides, Rashi, Akiba and Hillel. But unlike those ancient sages of memory, the august Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is still very much alive.
September 6, 1994 |
The Talmud. It's the major compendium of Jewish law and lore. It's also a CD-ROM - those information-packed discs that are all the rage with owners of multimedia computers. For $299, you can have what Davka Corp. of Chicago calls "The wisdom of Judaism in the palm of your hand. " And just in time for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, which began last night at sundown. All 5,000 pages of the historic Jewish work - in English and the original Hebrew and ancient Aramaic text - plus the Hebrew commentary of Rashi, the classic medieval commentator of the Talmud, are on disc.
September 24, 1996 |
Robb Armstrong, creator of the syndicated comic strip Jump Start, will be the guest at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday school session this weekend at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Athens Avenue and Wynnewood Road, Ardmore. Armstrong will talk about how he gets ideas for his cartoons and will sign copies of his book, Jump Start - A Love Story. He will be introduced by W. Carter Merbreier, also known as Channel 6's Capt. Noah. For more information, call 610-642-3211. ADULT STUDIES The Jewish Theological Seminary of America will sponsor a Talmud study program from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 2 at Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Rd., Penn Valley.
October 6, 2002 |
When a Jew needs an answer to a question about any aspect of life - from the most mundane, such as what to eat, to the most profound mysteries of eschatology - a rabbinic maxim says that the answer is in the Torah. But Jews are not fundamentalists who read the text only literally, and the five books of Moses are an ancient text in a different language. So teasing a coherent response to an issue from the sacred text often requires the assistance of a rabbi and a look at the "oral Torah," the Talmudic commentaries.
September 13, 1992 |
On a Saturday morning as warm as God's love, Gamaliel Respes, his outstretched hands cradling a prayer book, bobs gently forward and back, chanting a fluid Hebrew that fills the sanctuary of the synagogue his father founded 30 years ago in this town tucked deep in the Pinelands. Behind him, a teenage boy and a cluster of men in skullcaps and blue and white prayer shawls worship with him, rocking slowly to the rhythms of his voice. The women in the back reply softly, ah-main. It is a weekly ritual for Respes, a slight, wiry man in horn-rimmed glasses.
September 7, 1999 |
Jewish education is an ongoing discipline for a man such as Bert Zauderer, who studies the Talmud every day and once spent an entire week pondering the meaning of one sentence in that body of law and tradition. So when his son, Rabbi Moshe Zauderer, began to muse about teaching classes in Judaism over the Internet, his father pounced on the idea - though the rabbi was in Jerusalem and the father was in Merion. Thus was the formation of Zichron Avos - Jewish Interactive Studies Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of adult Jewish education.
June 23, 1988 |
Caught up in a private but deeply emotional spiritual experience, Moshe Ungar seems oblivious to the 20 bearded men around him as he davens - prays - in silence, flipping pages of the prayer book and occasionally chanting aloud in Hebrew. The black fedora stays firmly in place as Ungar, a rabbi and accountant, swings from side to side like a windshield wiper on high speed. He is shuckling, his bowing symbolic of a believer's two responses to God - the approach in love, the withdrawal in awe. Soon, led by Rabbi Yehoshua Kaganoff the men will begin their discussions for this Thursday evening - about the intricacies of animal sacrifice, which hasn't been practiced by Jews for nearly 2,000 years.
March 14, 1992 |
Only in an interfaith caper comedy could four bungling Jewish shopkeepers and an ace Catholic seminarian/safecracker steal a sheaf of money "fatter than the Talmud" and have the Lord on their side. Not to be confused with The French Connection, Yiddish Connection is a mildly amusing film set in Paris' Jewish quarter. It was written by and stars Gallic cabaret performer Charles Aznavour, who here plays Aaron, a junk dealer and notorious neighborhood tightwad turned reluctant thief.
December 28, 1989 |
What is Hanukah? It is a question that appears in the Talmud - that ancient collection of commentary and stories on Jewish law - scholars say. It is also a question that many non-Jews ask at this time of year. But as leaders of the organized Jewish community are quick to point out, Hanukah is not the Jewish Christmas. The holidays have little in common except, as some students of comparative religion believe, in ancient observances of the winter solstice. "The notion that the Christians have Christmas and the Jews have their Hanukah is fallacious, misleading and does both faiths a terrible disservice," said Stephen M. Brown, headmaster of the Solomon Schechter School in Bala Cynwyd, in a recent letter to parents.