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By RABBI ANDREA COHEN-KIENER Temple Israel Greenfield Friday, October 9, 2015 (Published in print: Saturday, October 10, 2015)(Editor's note: The following is a submission to The Recorder's weekly column titled "Faith Matters." Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief description of his or her place of worship. For information on becoming part of this series, email [email protected]
Jewish practice of periodic rest for farmland — the ‘shmita’ year — has wider social, economic resonance
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...
Temple israel, 27 Pierce Street, will hold a Shabbaton on Friday, Feb. 27 - Sunday Mar 1, led by interim student rabbi Susan Elkodsi.Friday night, Feb. 27 will feature a 6 p.m. pot-luck dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat service at 7:30 p.m. followed by an oneg. On Saturday, Feb. 28, Shabbat morning service at 10 a.m. will be followed by kiddush at noon. Torah study will be held from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Susan Elkodsi will guide the congregation through this last portion of the day of rest. Shabbat...
Thursday, February 26, 2015