Friday, February 27, 2015 AdarI 8, 5775
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Officials at Gratz College hoped that screening a film about a teen girl's struggle to reconcile her homosexuality with Judaism, while also challenging her high school to become a more welcoming place, might prompt some discussion and send a message that the Melrose Park campus is an open environment for Jews of diverse backgrounds. Five years ago, Shulamit Izen --...
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Ryan Teitman
"Hezbollah is absolutely brilliant," Alan Dershowitz said to a packed auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania. "Israel has never faced a more clever enemy." The famed lawyer, Harvard professor and author of more than 25 books also noted that Hezbollah won the public-relations battles during this summer's war in Lebanon, even if it lost the conflict militarily. For instance, Israel's...
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While some argue that Hamas' political, terroristic and charitable arms are separate entities, one Mideast expert suggests that the lines are more than blurred. Matthew Levitt, former deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, said "distinguishing between wings of Hamas is a myth." Speaking to about 40 people at the Center City office...
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Exactly nine weeks before the Democratic primary, the five major candidates in what still appears to be a wide-open race for mayor, met as part of a March 6 forum at the Union League sponsored by the American Jewish Committee. The contestants largely avoided swipes at each other, consistent with the lack of proverbial blows thrown at similar forums. Instead,...
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Like a great many Philadelphians, Michael J. Masch never paid much attention to politics in the state capital. The former city budget director under Mayor Ed Rendell said that the intrigue in Philadelphia and in Washington, D.C., always took up his political attention. But since 2003, Masch has had plenty of reason to pay attention to Harrisburg; for the past...
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