Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

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Ed Rendell may now be a former governor and a private citizen once again -- Republican Gov. Tom Corbett took the oath of office Tuesday morning -- but don't expect the 67-year-old to be sitting around idly. In fact, the two-term governor and former Philadelphia mayor -- who admittedly has never spent much time in synagogue, but has expressed pride...
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Nine-year-old Leedaar Alon giggled as she lowered a bright light over a metal grasshopper, setting the solar-paneled toy into a nervous skitter. Behind her, other fourth-graders in her class at the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim raced tiny cars using the same "solar" technique. On Sunday, Hebrew lessons took a back seat as the entire religious school rotated through a series...
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Environmentalism and the Internet: two words you don't hear too often in the same sentence. But 19 young Jewish environmentalists are hoping this combination will be just the thing to connect and promote environmental activism across the world. Together, they recently launched Jewcology.com , an interactive web portal loaded with eco-conscious blogs, discussion forums, event listings and educational resources. At...
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University of Pennsylvania historian David Ruderman acknowledges that academics -- himself included -- often gear their writing to other scholars, rather than to a general audience. In addition, historians tend to stick to their own intellectual turf, rather than wading into unfamiliar waters. An expert on Jewish life and thought during the Italian Renaissance -- with an particular interest in...
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Avi Behar
Avi Behar , a 23-year-old lieutenant from Cherry Hill, N.J., was deployed to command a convoy mission in western Afghanistan last August, just a month before the Jewish new year. Since he was profiled in the Jewish Exponent, the young officer has shared occasional letters about his experiences. In the following passage, which has been edited for brevity and clarity,...
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