Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774
President George Washington -- played by impersonator Jim Gibson -- visited the National Museum of American Jewish History in Center City Monday afternoon as part of a Presidents Day program. He read a letter Washington sent to Congregation Mikveh Israel in 1790 that affirmed his support of Judaism and the freedom of religion. Photo by Jared Shelly
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What began as one cantor's exploration into exactly what the Bible doesn't say about the matriarch Sarah has resulted, some 15 years later, in the publication of The Torah: A Women's Commentary , a feat that has been touted as a seminal moment in the history of biblical scholarship, as well as a considerable step forward in the decades-old push...
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U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-District 6) has faced voters of his district three times since 2002 and has never cracked 51 percent of the vote, but that's still always been enough to ensure victory. Conventional wisdom suggests that 2006 -- a year in which the Democrats retook the house and ousted two Philadelphia-area GOP incumbents -- represented the best chance...
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Despite a centuries-old history marked by misunderstanding, acrimony and often deadly conflict, Poles and Jews -- against all logic -- manage somehow to continue speaking to one another. The dialogue may, in fact, have entered one of its most interesting phases. This was the combined judgment of the three participants in a recent panel discussion devoted to this troubled but...
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Throughout his long political career, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) has frustrated both conservatives and liberals among his constituents and colleagues by staking out the middle ground on a host of issues, from the war in Iraq to comprehensive immigration reform and even the value of congressional earmarks. But if the five-term senator has his way, he'll be representing the...
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