Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

Joshua Runyan

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It's been two years since the School District of Philadelphia has included discussions about the Middle East in its history and social-studies curriculums. According to officials, the district's teachers are no longer encouraged to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the United State's military action in Iraq. The problem, according to Jewish community officials, is that teachers are always free to...
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Hillel Levinson, one of three candidates seeking to become the next city controller, lists a series of "Philadelphia Icons" on his Web site: cheesesteaks, soft pretzels and the Liberty Bell. The last in the sequence is Levinson himself. But for all of Levinson's municipal credentials - he was born in the city, went to Central High School, earned his undergraduate...
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Biblical gardens: A picture of the past in present-day settings
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Pittsburgh’s Shadyside section is no oasis. Its Victorian era-inspired homesteads and mansions may provide a welcome respite from the city’s more urban style of architecture, but the cacophony of traffic speeding along the Fifth Avenue thoroughfare is a reminder that the Western Pennsylvania metropolis is home to nearly 2 million people. But at the intersection of Devonshire Street and Fifth...
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James Dobson, head of the conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family, is thrilled over President Bush's pick to be an associate justice in the Supreme Court. But after statements from Bush that one of White House counsel Harriet Miers' top selling points was her evangelical Christian faith, Jewish groups are collectively wondering aloud what exactly that means. The fact...
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Cindy Sheehan's recent foray into the City of Brotherly Love netted her more than just the endorsement of City Council; it also sparked the ire of the Zionist Organization of America. The military mom and Iraq-war protester - who became a media sensation this summer when she camped outside of President George W. Bush's Texas ranch in a bid to...
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