Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Av 13, 5775
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The one thing that is constant about life on an aircraft carrier is the noise. The constant roar of jet aircraft engines on the deck is complemented by other sounds heard throughout the ship and below deck: the explosive booms coming from the catapults launching planes and the reverberations of the restraining wires on the steel deck that enables others...
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During Anthony Lewis' tenure as a columnist for The New York Times (1969 to 2001), he visited Israel on a yearly basis to gather material for writings on the Jewish state and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Especially during the tumultuous 1990s -- which saw the signing and later unraveling of the Oslo accords, along with the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin --...
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At his Sept. 3 Bar Mitzvah, Josh Patkin announced his intention to donate $500 to charity. The Northeast Philadelphia 13-year-old said that he would like to give to the Beit Halochem centers, which help Israel's disabled veterans and terror victims, allowing them to participate in sports activities. He said he chose this particular charity because he enjoys sports himself and...
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In separate appearances at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Center City, mayoral hopefuls Democrat Michael Nutter, the overwhelming favorite, and Republican Al Taubenberger, the heavy underdog, offered strikingly similar diagnoses of the problems facing Philadelphia, along with some remedies for the future. Both men highlighted violent crime, public education and economic development as the three biggest issues facing the next city...
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On the streets where Benjamin Franklin walked, James and Dolly Madison once lived, and George Washington may have slept, Colonial-era Jews also made their presence -- albeit a subtle one -- known. The cobblestone streets that William Penn designed between the Delaware and Schuykill rivers welcomed Jews as merchants, religious leaders and Revolutionary War supporters -- so much so that,...
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