Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774

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Many American Jews assume that it's impossible to learn all that much about their family histories, since so many vital genealogical records were destroyed in the Holocaust. Yet according to Mark Halpern, president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia, a surprising amount of material -- including birth and marriage certificates -- did survive. Much is accessible, especially in...
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Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
Whether it's the Matzah Ball, the Gefilte-Fish Gala, the Chanukah Hora or simply the "Jewish dance on Christmas," it's that time of year again. Whatever Jews do for Christmas, we certainly know how to throw a dance party. I've been to my fair share over the years. Experiences at these events are as varied as the people there. I've attended...
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Jared Shelly
It's 4:15 a.m. on a Thursday morning, and middleweight boxing contender Kassim Ouma is already drenched in sweat. As he leans back on a workout bench, his fitness coach -- Jeff Goldstein -- throws him a medicine ball, which the boxer catches over his head. Ouma grunts as he throws it back, completing yet another repetition in a virtually countless...
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Rita Charleston
The works of baroque masters and today's artists blend beautifully. The music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the melodies of Richard Strauss pour into the streets from dozens of cafes and restaurants offering some of the finest cuisine in the world. The royal flair of the past oozes everywhere, while the opportunity to make brand-new friends is also ever-present. The...
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Dealing with a defiant child takes special care and feeling
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Rita Charleston
"Your child is defiant, and is driving you up a wall. He is colossally resistant to following even the simplest requests. He is moody, seriously stubborn, overly dramatic, rude, and disrespectful -- not every once in a while, but quite often ... ." So writes Jeffrey Bernstein, Ph.D., in the introduction to his latest book, 10 Days to a Less...
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