Friday, March 6, 2015 AdarI 15, 5775

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Ryan Teitman
In Iran, a country whose president recently held an international conference denying that the Holocaust ever occurred, a small Jewish community exists on the edge of society. Its members live in a state of tension between their faith and their deep-rooted ties to Persian culture. Mostly located in the larger cities of Tehran, Isfahan and Shiraz, the Jews of Iran...
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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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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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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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It remains to be seen whether U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak's (D-District 7) decision to speak at an event hosted by a controversial Muslim group -- over the objections of some segments of the Jewish community -- will come back to haunt him. The freshman legislator's April 7 speech at the first gala dinner hosted by the Pennsylvania chapter of the...
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