Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

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Claiming that his reputation has been damaged and that his First Amendment rights were violated, a former art student at Penn State University is suing the institution over the cancellation of his painting exhibit, which depicted anti-Semitism, Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism in Palestinian society. Joshua Stulman, a 24-year-old native of Elkins Park, found himself at the center of controversy last...
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If Rabbi David Wolpe had his way, children would turn off their iPods and cell phones, and turn on to Judaism. "Every technological tool enforces isolation and a virtual community, which means not a real community," stated the Los Angeles-based author and educator, arguing that communal values are central to Jewish life. Speaking at the 20th-anniversary celebration for the Auerbach...
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A trolley zipped down West Philadelphia's Mantua Avenue Sunday morning, past dozens of vacant lots, cracked sidewalks and stately, yet somewhat faded, old row homes. Turning a corner, however, the trolley emerged at an entirely different scene: a giant mural splashed with electric blue and deep purple hues, painted into a collage of swirling butterflies, sunny dandelions and gently rolling...
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The conference room buzzed with a focused kind of chatter as dozens of rabbis and rabbinical students from the Philadelphia area and beyond discussed, analyzed and debated the talmudic passage at hand. Taken from a tractate of the Babylonian Talmud, this particular text raised an age-old question: Is it okay to tell a white lie in order to spare somebody's...
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Ryan Teitman
Experts seem to be recognizing that the neighborhoods where people live play an increasingly important role in their health and well-being. When it comes to seniors, these factors multiply in relevance. In Philadelphia, for example, the problem is two-fold. Citizens are aging rapidly: Over the next 15 years, the percentage of urban residents over the age of 60 will increase...
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