Saturday, May 30, 2015 Sivan 12, 5775

A key decision taxpayers face when filing is whether to take the standard deduction or to itemize on their tax returns. Here are some answers: The standard deduction is a flat amount established by the IRS that you deduct from your adjusted gross income. When you itemize, you deduct your actual qualified deductions. The best method depends on how much...
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Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, long considered a major national school for training artists, is a proper home for the esteemed Eduard Schmieder, who just assumed the position of the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Violin. Schmieder comes to Boyer after occupying academic chairs at numerous universities in Texas and Los Angeles. He is also the...
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Psychologist seeks out reasons for the growing connection
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Rita Charleston, JE Feature
When a 16-year-old Springfield Montgomery County Township student recently became despondent over bad grades and his parents' ensuing actions, the young man decided to take his own life. Fellow students, teachers, family and neighbors were stunned. But this case is not that unusual, according to family psychologist Brad Sachs, Ph.D., author of When No One Understands: Letters to a Teenager...
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Janet Darbey, JE Feature
Like the proverbial Phoenix rising from the ashes, the Jewish Quarter of Corfu of Greece is again being returned to its once proud and flourishing state of being. Corfu governors -- keepers of the rich heritage of this verdant, historic island in the Ionian sea -- have applied for World Heritage status for the old town, which includes the ancient...
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Adina Matusow, JE Feature
There are many Western religions that promote the belief that physical pleasure is "evil," but that's not so with Judaism. Jews acknowledge that God made the world with physical pleasures for us to enjoy. Physical intimacy with a spouse is one of the most holy and pure connections within Judaism. In fact, it says in the Talmud, "A man is...
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