Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Tammuz 11, 5774

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Dressed in a hijab, Sarah Shiha, a 22-year-old Egyptian who hopes to one day preach the Koran on the airwaves, declares a desire to study Torah. But before her recent visit to Philadelphia, she'd never even met a Jew. Now, after participating in a five-week seminar on democracy and religious pluralism for students from the Arab world that included several...
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July 31 will mark perhaps the highest-profile interfaith marriage in the country, as former first-daughter Chelsea Clinton ties the knot with Philadelphia native Marc Mezvinsky. The couple has not revealed how they will incorporate religion into their wedding or lives, leaving the blogosphere rife with speculation. Will they have a chupah? Will Clinton, who was baptized as a United Methodist...
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The annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents put out by the Anti-Defamation League reported nearly 30 fewer incidents in 2009 than the previous year, although ADL officials warn that recent changes in their methodology have made it difficult to compare figures from different years. The 2009 audit was released on Monday, and contains both national and local statistics. The ADL reported...
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In the state's most closely watched congressional contest -- the race to fill the open seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak -- both candidates have been busy touting their pro-Israel credentials and jockeying for support among Jewish voters. Unlike the Senate race between Sestak and Pat Toomey, American policy in the Mideast has not emerged as a major...
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July's been a busy month for Pennsylvania's two Democratic senators -- at least on the foreign front. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey -- soon to be the state's senior senator -- returned July 11 from a nine-day, six-nation tour of the region that included stops in Israel and the West Bank. It was the second time in as many years that...
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