Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774

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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
What do a school guidance counselor and a corporate executive do when they need a change of pace professionally? Why, start their own bakery, of course -- and make sure to bring in the rest of the family as well. Almost five years ago, Kim Alexander and her husband, Jim Blumenstock, opened a Great Harvest Bread Company franchise in Wayne,...
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Toba Spitzer thinks it's no big deal that she happens to be the first openly gay rabbi to head the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association -- or, for that matter, any major Jewish clerical association in the United States. After all, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College was the first to admit openly gay and lesbian students in 1984 and endorse the ordination of...
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When war broke out last summer between Israel and Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon, First Sgt. Michael Levin was visiting family and friends in his hometown of Holland, Pa. Instead of staying at a comfortable distance from the war, he cut his trip short and rushed to the front lines. He died in battle soon after, at age 22. To honor...
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On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, members of the American Jewish Committee were set to gather in New York City to discuss how the United States might reduce its dependence on foreign oil. When the terrorists attacked the the twin towers at the World Trade Center, the purpose behind this modest gathering took on even greater significance, according to...
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