Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774

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A panel of experts stated unequivocally last week that Germany, the nation that launched a continent-wide genocidal campaign against the Jewish people, has today become a staunch critic of anti-Semitism, and even more than that, "Israel's best friend in Europe." These comments, made during a presentation at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Center City, gave rise to the question of just...
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Ryan Teitman
Abram Shnaper was shipped among seven different concentration camps throughout World War II. After narrowly escaping death at the last of them, he said, the first significant thing he did once he was liberated was to sit down and write down everything that had happened to him. He had found an old, battered, salt-and-pepper notebook, which served this purpose perfectly...
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Ryan Teitman
Smack dab in the center of the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance rests a whiteboard that serves as a briefing point for staff members and volunteers. Neat rows of colored symbols, like ancient glyphs, adhere to the white space, encoding the day's necessary information: delivery routes, drivers, meal types. For Revelle Gershman -- one of MANNA's longtime volunteers -- organizing...
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Like a great many Philadelphians, Michael J. Masch never paid much attention to politics in the state capital. The former city budget director under Mayor Ed Rendell said that the intrigue in Philadelphia and in Washington, D.C., always took up his political attention. But since 2003, Masch has had plenty of reason to pay attention to Harrisburg; for the past...
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The Reform movement is no longer the only denomination calling for an end to the war in Iraq. The Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association just passed a resolution that goes one step further than the one adopted earlier this month by the Union for Reform Judaism by opposing a preemptive American strike against Iran. At its annual conference -- held last week...
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