Sunday, July 24, 2016 Tammuz 18, 5776

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Twenty-three-year-old Meir Shapiro wears a yarmulke. He studies music, Torah and architecture at New York's Yeshiva University. And he beatboxes -- all over the world. In the year and a half since a viral Chanukah parody catapulted the Maccabeats into Internet fame, Shapiro and 13 fellow members of the Orthodox a cappella group have performed in New Zealand, Hong Kong...
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Risa Levitt Kohn always gets a kick out of people telling her they've seen the Dead Sea Scrolls. What these folks mean, the professor of Hebrew Bible and Judaism at San Diego State University said, is that they've been to Jerusalem and visited the Shrine of the Book adjacent to the Israel Museum. But even the well-visited Shrine has only...
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The March of the Living celebrated its 25th anniversary last week with its traditional march from Auschwitz I to Birkenau on Yom Hashoah. Ten thousand high school students from 35 countries were involved, but to mark the special anniversary this time, survivors and liberators from around the world were also invited to participate. Don Greenbaum, 86, of Bala Cynwyd, who...
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A group of students at Lower Merion High School are headed to Haiti on May 12 to build a new school in a rural section of the nation that, two years ago, was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Students themselves conceived of the project and have raised nearly $70,000 to make it happen. Of the 18 students set to...
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On a recent weekday morning, Eileen Sklaroff rolled her shopping cart through a well-stocked produce section at an enormous local supermarket. Despite the plentiful selections, her options were limited by her meager budget. The bag of potatoes Sklaroff held cost more than $4 -- too much. Then she looked closer and realized that the item was certified organic. Fortunately, she...
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