Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
It's a familiar Purim story: Esther, a young Jewish woman, famous for her beauty, is selected to become the new queen by King Achashverosh, and with assistance from her cousin Mordechai, later saves the Jewish people from annihilation by the wicked Haman. As this ancient story is retold each year on the 14th of Adar, youths and the young at...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Although the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States dropped for the third consecutive year, according to the Anti-Defamation League, the group noted that there is still plenty of reason for concern. In 2007, there were 1,357 incidents of vandalism, harassment and other acts of hate against Jewish individuals, property or communal institutions throughout the United States, according to...
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Before heading out on a congressional trip that includes stops in Iraq and Israel, U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- the presumptive Republican presidential nominee -- made two appearances in the area to raise both funds and his political profile, especially since media attention remains glued on his two Democratic rivals who've been determinedly wooing voters in the Keystone state...
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Throughout his presidential run, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has tried -- and, to a large extent, has succeeded -- at casting himself as a "post-racial" candidate, one who appeals to broad swaths of the electorate and defies the normal rules of identity politics. But, over the past week, that effort -- and perhaps even Obama's presidential aspirations -- have...
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Though the Passover seder may be the religious rite that's most familiar to the majority of Jews, a University of Pennsylvania professor recently posited that these same individuals may, in fact, be unaware or misinformed about the origins of the assorted rituals they recite year in and year out. Dr. Jeffrey H. Tigay told an overflow crowd gathered on a...
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