Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774

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Many acrobats can stand on their head, do a split or stretch their legs far behind their heads, but it's a safe bet that most don't try to teach Jewish topics in the process. Yet Lisa Appel is not your average acrobat. At a typical show, the 32-year-old uses circus arts like tumbling, contortion, dancing and juggling to entertain her...
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Ryan Teitman
Darby Leigh has been an actor, a social worker and a student of comparative religions. But one thing he never thought he could possibly be is a rabbi, and for one reason: He is profoundly deaf. But the 33-year-old is now in his fifth year of the six-year rabbinical program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, and has been...
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Ryan Teitman
Eileen and Kevin were in a fierce argument about the kids: He had gone back on his word, and now wanted to raise the children Catholic, not Jewish. Neither parent would relent; she accused him of breaking his promise, and he accused her of not seeing his point of view. They argued in circles, neither gaining ground -- nor giving...
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It looks as if a "landmark" kosher supermarket in Northeast Philadelphia won't be going out of business after all. Last month, Ira Feldman, the longtime owner of Best Value Kosher Meats on Bustleton Avenue, told customers his grocery would be closing come early January. The only other option, Feldman noted, was the unlikely scenario that someone would offer to buy...
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After being overseas for four months -- and getting just five hours sleep during the span of about two days of travel -- 17-year-old Rena Asher longed for the comforts of home. She had it all figured out: "Saying 'hi' to my dog and cat -- and my bed," said Asher, after she'd returned from a semester-long stay in Israel...
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