Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774

Rachel Silverman

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At times, the headlines are dominated by images of inter-religious strife. The pope vs. the Muslims. Jews against Arabs. The religion-based tenor of the war on terror. But on Sunday afternoon, leaders of various faith communities gathered in Philadelphia to say in one voice: "We must repair the world." Drawing a diverse crowd to the Arch Street Friends Meeting House,...
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Kurt Herman was just a little boy when three American Jews plucked him out of Nazi Europe, and whisked him to safety. He didn't know what group the three represented, but even at 9 years old, he knew enough to credit the trio with saving his life. Now, 67 years later and living in Philadelphia, Herman knows his benefactors well...
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The pope's recent speech on Islam opened a Pandora's box in the Arab world: Churches were torched in the West Bank, effigies lit in Iraq, and condemnations flooded in from angry Muslim leaders. But according to Abdallah Schleifer -- a veteran Arab news journalist and director of Al Arabiya's Washington bureau -- the media, and not the papacy, might have...
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It happened in 1862, when Abraham Lincoln realized that the Civil War would be more than just a skirmish. It happened again during the Cold War, when Truman saw that defeating the Soviet empire required additional time -- and money. And now, as scholars at the Foreign Policy Research Institute contend, President Bush's war on terror has reached a similar...
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Shani is sitting on the floor, cross-legged and barefoot. She asks her peers, who are modeling the behaviors of teenage girls, to list some of the unhealthy things they do. One "girl" tells the group she doesn't sleep enough; another admits she has bad skin. A third rather nonchalantly mentions that she smokes "three or four a day." As a...
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