Saturday, April 25, 2015 Iyyar 6, 5775
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Mark Mietkiewicz, JE Feature
How can one day remind us of Judaism's links to mysticism, be a time to mourn and a time to dance, and also be an Israeli pilgrimage that is reminiscent at times of Woodstock? Lag B'Omer is all of those things. The seven-week period between Passover and Shavuot is a time of semi-mourning, but on the 33rd day, Lag B'Omer...
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Melissa Jacobs, Jewish Exponent Feature
Yiddish flies around the kitchen as the three older women grapple with the temperature in the Northeast Philadelphia house in which they've gathered. These white-haired widows in their 80s have been friends for more than 30 years. Paula Spigler, Serena Zelmanovitch and Hannah Andrusier talk on the phone daily, attend Ohev Shalom synagogue in Richboro on Saturdays and squabble like...
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By:
Aaron Passman
Samuel Kassow, a professor of history at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., speaks a bit of everything. He's fluent in Yiddish, gets by in Polish, knows his way around Russian and Hebrew, and has a good reading command of German and French. But he won't need a translator when he speaks in Philadelphia this weekend; his message will be very...
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By:
Elliot J. Rosen
As another Yom Hashoah nears, it is important to recognize that each year, there will be fewer alive who were witnesses to that horror in history. During my years as a funeral director, I've agonized over watching the growing number of Holocaust survivors fade rapidly from our midst. Many of us fixate on the 6 million men, women and children...
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Susan Weiss, Jewish Exponent Feature
Jewish transitions are marked in a number of ways. For example, I used to sit at the kids' table for Passover -- you know, that folding card table placed at the end of the long, bedecked dining-room table. The kids' table didn't get the fancy tablecloth or the fine china. Our table was covered with a nice enough cloth, but...
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