Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774

By:
Aaron Pasman
After this particular war, the bumper stickers read, "I stayed in Tel Aviv." Leah Goldman was 14 years old during the first Persian Gulf war in the early 1990s, and living through it is one of her strongest memories of growing up in Israel, especially the message on that sticker. Unlike many others in Tel Aviv, her family stayed in...
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By:
Aaron Pasman
From 6,000 miles away, family and friends watched online and via video-conferencing as Daniel Krupka graduated from eighth grade in front of the Western Wall. "It was the perfect place to graduate after nine years of being at a Jewish day school and learning about Israel," said the recent Abrams Hebrew Academy student. Krupka, along with 28 others, made up...
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By:
Roy Eitan, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
TEL AVIV Yosef Lapid, among the most politically incorrect figures of Israeli politics, died of cancer June 1. He was 77. Known to friends and foes alike as "Tommy," a nickname from his native Yugoslavia, La-pid was a dominant figure among Israel's intelligentsia. As playwright, journalist and commentator, he brought an old European brio to the nascent Jewish state. Memories...
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Aaron Passman
For real understanding to occur between cultures, people must see one another as people and not just as "representatives of a national collective," a proponent of interreligious dialogue noted at a recent event in Bryn Mawr. "There is more moderation in Islam than you'd like to believe," especially if you only read your local newspaper, said Rabbi Ron Kronish, who...
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By:
Aaron Passman
Standing in a circle of light on a small, bare stage, Greg Aguela told an audience of nearly 50 people how he'd found God at the Western Wall. "It wasn't necessarily cool to be a Jew" growing up, he explained in a rhythmic, spoken-word piece. Aguela told how he never particularly embraced or identified with his own Jewish heritage, but...
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