Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Iyyar 17, 5775
By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
"All of our children are in crisis," proclaimed relationship guru Rabbi Shmuley Boteach last week during a local lecture. Whether his audience wanted to hear it or not, he added, he would be presenting a "painful message" -- that it's not a health crisis American kids suffer from, or the sex, drugs or teen pregnancy usually referred to as the...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
Sir Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi of England, told a local audience last week that, over the course of the past 2,000 years, there have been four major mutations in the virus known as anti-Semitism. The first mutation came during the centuries immediately after the birth of Christianity, when Jews were blamed for killing Jesus. Then, the Middle Age brought...
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By:
Aaron Passman
As the product of intermarriage, Hannah Lau jokingly referred to herself as "Jewnese" or "Chinish" -- although she added that she's never felt Jewish or Chinese enough to fit into either corner. "Children of intermarried families don't necessarily feel less Jewish," speculated the recent University of Pennsylvania graduate. "It just takes them more time to figure out what [being Jewish]...
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Jared Shelly
Nobody can accuse Ran Nakash of taking the easy road. A career soldier in the Israel Defense Force, he has seen plenty of combat action. During peacetime, the 29-year-old is the IDF's head trainer of Krav Maga, an Israeli fighting system. Tougher still, however, may be Nakash's other career -- professional boxer. Using his heavy-handed punching style, he has been...
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By:
Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
Down a narrow cellblock alley at Eastern State Penitentiary, beyond a locked gate, is a small room that's been overlooked and forgotten for nearly four decades. Though time and weather have taken their toll, there is no mistaking what the hidden space is -- a synagogue. From the early 1920s until the beginning of the 1970s, the synagogue behind the...
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