Monday, April 21, 2014 Nisan 21, 5774

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For one Philadelphia native -- motivated by the legacy of the Holocaust to get involved in political life and help ensure that Jews have access to those who pull the strings -- the first decade of the new millennium is looking more and more like the 1930s, with a major state seemingly bent on the destruction of Jews. "If Hitler...
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Rabbi Harold S. Kushner, author of the classic When Bad Things Happen to Good People, as well as nine other books, has just published his newest work, Overcoming Life's Disappointments. It draws on the story of Moses, and weaves together references to social science and popular culture with the explicit purpose of helping people deal with the personal setbacks that...
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After producing two books, seven articles and a course that earned widespread accolades from the student body, James Russell was sure he'd be a shoe-in for tenure at Columbia University. But Russell, an expert in Armenian studies, soon learned that other factors besides the quality of his scholarship were under consideration. "Two senior professors in my department explained that I...
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Ryan Teitman
The congregation of Main Line Reform Temple, Beth Elohim learned a crucial lesson during the course of its $8.5 million renovation project: Sometimes, small projects can grow. And grow. And grow. "We ended up actually renovating the entire facility in one way or another," explained Rabbi David Straus. What started out as a project much smaller in scope eventually touched...
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And then there were 14. Twenty-six people were supposed to participate in the Philly Pride Mission, the first-ever gay and lesbian mission to Israel sponsored by a local federation -- in this case, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. In theory, it was groundbreaking; after all, you'd expect that "first" to go to San Francisco, New York, Miami, even Chicago...
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