Friday, July 11, 2014 Tammuz 13, 5774

Jared Shelly

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For Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, the conflict between Islam and the West is centered around religious beliefs, and the actions that adherence to faith can evoke. "We can craft a legacy of bloodshed in the name of God," he said, "or peacemaking in the name of God." Hirschfield, the president of CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, appeared...
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When Max Silberman was growing up in the 1950s, the baseball-loving kid from Wynnewood cited his favorite ball player as little-utilized Philadelphia Athletics first-baseman Lou Limmer, rather than more popular guys like home-run hitter Gus Zernial, Most Valuable Player Bobby Shantz or player-manager Eddie Joust. "To all the kids from Har Zion, Lou Limmer was a big hero," said Silberman,...
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If Rabbi David Wolpe had his way, children would turn off their iPods and cell phones, and turn on to Judaism. "Every technological tool enforces isolation and a virtual community, which means not a real community," stated the Los Angeles-based author and educator, arguing that communal values are central to Jewish life. Speaking at the 20th-anniversary celebration for the Auerbach...
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A trolley zipped down West Philadelphia's Mantua Avenue Sunday morning, past dozens of vacant lots, cracked sidewalks and stately, yet somewhat faded, old row homes. Turning a corner, however, the trolley emerged at an entirely different scene: a giant mural splashed with electric blue and deep purple hues, painted into a collage of swirling butterflies, sunny dandelions and gently rolling...
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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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