Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774

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U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) may be one of the so-called "Young Guns" -- a trio of House members some consider the future of the Republican Party -- but in one key respect, the 47-year-old stands alone.
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On Yom Kippur, for the first time in his life, work kept Avi Behar from going to shul. Instead, the 23-year-old lieutenant from Cherry Hill, N.J., commanded a convoy mission in western Afghanistan. In lieu of services, he wore a camouflage kipah and paused during breaks to read from a matching, army-issued prayerbook, he said. It was nothing like home,...
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A little over a year after Howard Fischer's daughter returned from a 10-day, whirlwind Birthright Israel trip, the organization invited the Philadelphia businessman to a fundraising presentation. Fischer, president of an executive search firm, said he's a longtime supporter of Birthright's mission but hadn't been compelled to put such support into dollars until he heard the impact of the experience...
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An Afghani Rosh Hashanah
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Avi Behar, JE Feature
Who would have thought that Afghanistan would be a place of unity for Jews? A few weeks ago I came across a flyer posted in the local chapel with times for services for every Christian denomination possible. A few hours later a thought of "Hey, why not" came across my mind. So, I walked and took a second glance. To...
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Israel may just be the only issue that Republican Pat Meehan and Democrat Bryan Lentz aren't clashing over in their race to become the newest congressman from Delaware County. But not to worry: Two nationally prominent Jewish House members recently visited the area to drum up Jewish support for the two contenders, and as a result, made the Mideast argument...
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