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By RICHIE DAVIS Recorder Staff Friday, October 2, 2015 (Published in print: Saturday, October 3, 2015)Just as Sabbath is a day of rest in Judaism and Christianity, the "shmita" year is defined in the Jewish Torah as a sabbatical year as part of a seven-year cycle, to give the land a rest.But the concept of shmita isn't just for Jews, who just welcomed year 5776, and it isn't just for farmers.With climate disruption, desertification, a growing rift between wealth and poverty, and other problems...
By RICHIE DAVIS Recorder Staff Friday, September 11, 2015 (Published in print: Saturday, September 12, 2015)For Franklin County's Jewish community, like those around the world, it's a new year, marked by the observance of Rosh Hashana beginning Sunday at sunset. And Temple Israel in Greenfield also has a new rabbi -- Franklin County's first woman in that role.Andrea Cohen-Kiener, who was named rabbi of the Greenfield synagogue last month, has been the spiritual leader of a Jewish Renewal...

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