Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774
Mussar can show the way
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Mussar -- a tradition of religious instruction, developed in 19th-century Lithuania, that assists Jews in working toward a more ethical life -- has had a minor resurgence in recent years, both locally and nationally. Right here in the area, Rabbi Ira F. Stone of Center City's Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel has been at the forefront of reintroducing the tradition to...
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Considering the importance of the Aleppo Codex as a religious text, it's remarkable to realize how many Jews know little about it. Granted, its origins and fate are shrouded in a certain amount of mystery, which may explain why this central and resonant version of the Hebrew Bible doesn't loom as large in the general consciousness of Jews. That problem,...
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When American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture was announced in last spring's Yale University Press catalog, the page was illustrated with a shot of the Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs. This represents one of Richard Joseph Neutra's most spectacular creations -- unquestionably an example of glamour, no matter how you defined it. But below this larger image...
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Early on an August morning in 1942, the Nazis began the liquidation of the Bobowa ghetto, located in southern Poland. Sam Oliner was 12 years old at the time, and the only Jew to survive the aktion . Still dressed in his pajamas, he hid on the roof of his home, as his stepmother had instructed him to do, waiting...
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From its inception, the department store was a harbinger of change
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It was the opinion of Lewis Mumford, one of the foremost architectural critics of the first half of the 20th century, that department stores in their heyday accounted for some of the most striking buildings in most major cities throughout the United States. In his book The Brown Decades , he wrote that "if the vitality of an institution may...
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