Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774
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Halacah, the Jewish code of law, operates as a legal framework like any other. There are complex, often very nuanced, rules to uphold, and hundreds of interpretations on how those rules should be applied. That's why there are jobs for people to translate that legal jargon into laymen's terms. For Orthodox Jewish women, these translators are called yoatzot halachah ,...
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The name Josef Mengele is synonymous with the perverse "medical experiments" conducted by the Nazis on concentration camp inmates. Mengele -- who eluded capture after the war and died in Brazil in 1978 -- was a doctor at Auschwitz, where he conducted dubious research that killed many inmates, and was often the one who selected which inmates would be immediately...
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As a biblical scholar, Ellen Frankel sees the Torah as a sacred, absolute text. But when it comes to issues of gender, Frankel -- the author of a women's commentary on the Torah, among other books -- feels that the work of God could stand for a little revision. As the editor-in-chief of the Jewish Publication Society explained it, "I...
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As an incoming freshman lawmaker, Senator-elect Bob Casey never expected to land a spot on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. But the Democrat from Scranton noted that the surprise appointment will afford him a unique opportunity to be part of the debate on forging a new Iraq strategy. The outgoing State Treasurer added that as a committee member, he'll...
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Arnold Soslow wasn't amused when he read an editorial cartoon in a recent edition of the Northeast Times . In fact, Soslow, 68, of Northeast Philadelphia, said he was appalled. "To me, it was anti-Semitic," said Soslow, calling the cartoonist's spoof of the recent Seattle Christmas tree debacle "offensive and inaccurate." He added, "That just hit home a little bit."...
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