Monday, March 2, 2015 AdarI 11, 5775
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The holiday of Sukkot is rich with many rituals, but none is more symbolic than the sukkah itself, the makeshift hut we build to welcome our family, friends and other guests. Exposed to both the elements and the stars, it reminds us simultaneously of the fragile nature of our existence and the joy we find when we join together to...
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When the U.S. Supreme Court begins its new term next week, all eyes will be on Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is starting her tenure on the bench. But right off the bat, there will be far more to watch than the court's newest member. One early case involves what many see as the court's most crucial examination of church-state...
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Melissa Jacobs, JE Feature
Rwanda, 1994 and 1995. Hutu, Tutsi. One million dead, 2.8 million orphans. These facts seem long ago and far away for the students at the Saligman Middle School of Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School in Melrose Park. However, when Anne Heyman asked, "How many of you know what tikkun olam is?" everyone raised a hand. Good thing, for...
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Ethan M. Simon
FIRST PERSON While studying abroad in Oman, I met Kasia, a girl from Poland, whose experiences with the Jewish community of Northwestern University has inspired her to consider converting from Catholicism to Modern Orthodox Judaism. When asked what made her feel this way, she did not discuss the Jewish approach to worshipping God, but instead spoke of an appreciation of...
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The long-awaited agreement over the Pennsylvania state budget -- coupled with the news that Philadelphia has also averted fiscal disaster -- has Jewish agencies breathing a little easier. But the final funding figures are far from clear, with details yet to be worked out. It remains uncertain just how much Jewish groups may feel the pinch. "We still haven't seen...
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