Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774
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Pennsylvania state legislators are pressing the administration of Lincoln University for more information on a literature professor who has called for the destruction of Israel and who, according to the lawmakers, has promoted denial of the Holocaust. The Pakistani-born Kaukab Siddique is a tenured professor at Lincoln, an historically black college in Chester County that receives state funding. Though some...
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A few minutes before gathering for morning prayers at the new Kohelet Yeshiva High School in Merion Station last week, a group of boys clustered near the gymnasium's half-court line, taking turns hurling a basketball toward the distant hoop. A few shots even touched the rim, although none went in. Dalia Kirzner, a sophomore on the girls basketball squad, marveled...
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H.B. Forman, JE Feature
Budd Rockower was a major fan of Groucho Marx. When Rockower discovered that Marx bought shares of his clothing company, he sent him a necktie. In response, he received a letter from the famed comedian, dated Feb. 10, 1972: "Dear Budd. Thanks for the necktie. It is sensational. If the stock goes down, I'll hang myself with it. Sincerely, Groucho...
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Sitting in Moish & Itsy's Deli-Restaurant in Newtown back in the spring, Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov, originally of Bucks County, was having a hard time explaining to her parents, Steve and Andrea Losben, the concept of Silly Bandz. (For the record, they are the thin, colorful rubber bracelets that take a variety of shapes and have become popular among elementary-school kids.)...
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Hannah Bookbinder, JE Feature
The late August haze has already settled into the air as the sun begins its early-morning rise. The race to pack the family SUV begins. Boxes containing computer components and school supplies -- and suitcases filled with a semester's worth of clothing, underwear and shoes -- are all carefully loaded into the trunk. By 7 a.m., the last plastic grocery...
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