Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art’s New Show

July 16, 2009

by Rabbi Jill Maderer

What kinds of questions can Jewish art challenge us to face? This week’s new RS Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art (PMJA) show inspires its curator, Matt Singer, to ask: When, how and where did Judaism begin? When Abraham and Sarah entered a covenant with God and departed for the Promised Land? When Moses and his people—the descendents of Abraham, refugee slaves wandering in the desert—received the Torah at Mount Sinai?

This Friday evening, all of us have the opportunity to ask the artist what she thinks about such foundational questions of the Jewish people.  Zoë Cohen, artist of the PMJA’s new show “What Was Our Vision: Sixteen Scenes from Wandering in the Desert” will visit RS this Friday, July 17, for our 6:00pm service (pre-oneg reception begins 5:30pm). Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Casual Services

July 14, 2009

By Rabbi William I. Kuhn

Our Friday night Summer Casual Services are off to a great start. These are one hour services, casual dress, fun atmosphere, great discussion topics, lots of RS members as well as lots of prospective members.

Our discussion topics for this summer are taken from the book, Your Word Is Fire, by Arthur Green and Barry Holtz. We study a brief poem that captures the essence of some of the Hasidic masters’ contemplations on prayer, and then we discuss its meaning in the context of our own Rodeph Shalom prayer service.

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Zionism vs. Anti Zionism

July 7, 2009

By Rabbi Michael Holzman

I gave a sermon recently that many congregants asked me to post.  I will not summarize the entire thing here except to post one of the essential issues it raised.  The sermon was a response to what I call an Anti Zionism that I find dominates left wing intellectual discussion of Israel.  Read the rest of this entry »