Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Elul 17, 5775

A tourist's veritable Judaic treasure hunt
By:
Elyse Glickman, JE Feature
Given its recent history from the Communist era to war in the early 1990s, continental Croatia's emergence as a destination of style and substance is impressive. However, the sensory pleasures that Croatia's heartland offers -- from hearty comfort food and superb wine to sweeping Baroque architecture, nature reserves and cutting-edge fashion -- gain depth and relevance when considering how Israel...
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Maybe not as depleted demand may mean an increase in prices for this new year
By:
Madalina Iacob, JE Feature
Oil companies around the world are rapidly scaling back exploration and refining plans since the price of crude has plummeted from $147 to just above $40 a barrel over the past four months. With demand slowing, income plunging and credit scarce, prospecting for new oil looks a lot less lucrative -- and is harder to execute. "Everyone is cutting projects,...
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On top of everything, tax refunds have increased for 2008 filers
Tax refunds have risen an average of $200 for people who have filed their 2008 tax returns early, the Internal Revenue Service reports. Part of the reason for the increase -- the IRS has made several changes aimed at helping taxpayers save money this year. Really? That's right. In an ongoing effort to make what has evolved into a burdensome...
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By:
Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
Jews in Yiddish-speaking lands didn't cross borders; they stole them. Slipping across a country's boundaries was known as ganvenen dem grenetz/ stealing the border. Ganvenen has the same root as ganif , or "thief." It's an interesting linguistic window into how fraught with danger moving from place to place could be. We Jews have a long history of being treated...
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Working to Tread Lightly on the Earth
By:
Aaron Passman, JE Feature
The Tu B'Shevat seder Elaine Cohen oversees at her synagogue is a tradition that goes back nearly 20 years. Between 15 and 30 people attend the annual event, and this year's meal, like others, will feature the traditional four cups of wine, as well as emphasize nuts and fruit -- products of the trees the meal celebrates. Seders like these...
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