Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

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Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
Question: Does a Jewish wedding need to have a rabbi present? At Shir Ami-Bucks County Congregation in Newtown, students in an adult-education class puzzled over this question put to them by assistant Rabbi Yair Robinson. In fact, they seemed to be split down the middle in their responses as they debated the necessity for an officiant as the definitive element...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
When Pfc. Richard J. Schmidt Jr.'s flight landed in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago, it marked the end of a four-day journey that took the U.S. army soldier from Afghanistan to Kuwait to Germany to Atlanta, and finally, to Philadelphia. After meeting his family at the airport, Schmidt insisted they take him for one last stop before officially starting...
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
It seemed like the start of a normal day of duty in Ramadi, Iraq. U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Candice Gerber woke up at her regular time, worked out at the gym, then walked over to the base hospital where she worked as a medic. What awaited her on the other side of the door came as a complete shock...
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
The United States should look to Israeli counterterrorism to help change its own flawed policy, according to Lawrence A. Husick, senior fellow at the Center on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. "Why can't we learn from Israel?" posed Husick, who is also an adjunct professor of graduate-level business classes at the University of Pennsylvania...
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Some commentators argue that poverty, religious ideology or an education system skewed toward hatred are the root causes of terrorism. But Calvin Goldscheider -- a professor emeritus of sociology and Judaic studies at Brown University -- has focused his research on a completely different factor in the equation: demography. As people migrate over time, argued the professor, it leads to...
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