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The priestly vestmentsLike our Shabbat observanceHonor and glory

 

Parashah T'tzaveh is almost entirely concerned with the ritual clothing and ordination of the priests. God says the priests' vestments are "for honor and glory" (לכבוד ולתפארת - l'chavod ul'tifaret). The same words are in the blessing that follows the Haftarah reading.

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As we wrap up Jewish Disability Awareness Month, we think also of people with disabilities in other countries. Worldwide, 650 million people live with disabilities, more than twice the population of the United States. In Israel, there are more than a million children and adults of working age who live with disabilities, according to...

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Today marks the day our late son and brother, Jeffrey B. Plevan, would have turned 38 years old. Judaism was an enormous part of Jeff’s life, and he received a rich Jewish education despite having significant learning disabilities. He majored in Jewish studies in college, received a master’s degree in Jewish communal service at Gratz College near Philadelphia, worked for Jewish organizations, and was involved in Jewish religious life as an adult. Jeff died suddenly of a heart attack nearly two years ago on his way to a Gratz College alumni event to...

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At some point in his or her career, every member of the clergy is called on to defend the efficacy of organized religion as a force for good. How many skeptics conclude from the holy wars of the past, or from the terrifying threat of Islamic extremism today, that faith, far from revealing a path toward harmony, only generates strife? Yet just as we repudiate the facile equation of all Islam with the brutality of its most radical exponents, so we reject such gross aspersion on our religious traditions.   Last Shabbat,...

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Orthodox Judaism claims that its only platform is the Torah itself. The Conservative movement was in existence for three generations before it finally created its only set of principles in 1988. But in American Reform Judaism we have had no less than four platforms following an initial set of principles--mostly denying the legitimacy of Orthodoxy--in 1869. There have been the Pittsburgh Platform of 1885, the Columbus Platform of 1937, the San Francisco Centennial...

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