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Interfaith Service Heralds Rededication of the Steeple at St. Mary’s 14 July , 2011

The steeple at the Episcopal Church of St. Mary in the Highlands, surely the most prominent man-made landmark in this town, was rededicated this past Sunday, July 10, 2011. A ribbon-cutting ceremony presided over by the Rector, Father Shane Scott-Hamblen, followed an interfaith service with the Philipstown Reform Synagogue (PRS), reflective of St. Mary’s policy of inclusion.  PRS Rabbi Michael Rothbaum, whose congregation has been “given a home” by St. Mary’s, participated in both the morning service and the celebration of the now-restored-to-glory steeple, which culminated in a ringing of the 1,100-pound steeple bell, its tone resounding through the village.

 

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Passover: a Seder invitation to all 18 April , 2011

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Passover is not simply a Jewish holiday; it is an invitation to be free and a method for achieving freedom.

The holiday of Passover takes it’s name, according to the Hebrew Bible, from the ancient Israelites last night in Egypt. On that night, some 3,200 years ago if the story is historically accurate, God “passed over” the houses of those leaving Egypt, sparing them from the last of the ten plagues: the death of the first born Egyptians. The Hebrew name for Passover is Pesach, from the word meaning to pass over.

Passover celebrates more than a one-time liberation though, inviting each succeeding generation to confront the oppression and slavery of it’s own era. Passover celebrates freedom — past, present and future, both national and personal. And it’s surely not limited to Jews as both the Bible and later rabbinic commentaries portray as much as 20 percent of those participating in the exodus as having been non-Israelites.  READ MORE