Thursday, May 5, 2016 Nisan 27, 5776

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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Anita and Elycia Lerman weren't compelled to rush out and be among the first New Jersey couples to take advantage of the state's new Civil Union law that went into effect Feb. 19. After all, the Lambertville residents have been through the ceremony thing before. Back in 1994, the two women had a religious commitment ceremony-- a wedding, they insist...
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Ryan Teitman
Nearly every day, the papers bring fresh news of Sunni and Shi'ite sectarian violence erupting throughout Iraq. While these events are frequent, Westerners -- especially Americans -- find that explanations are scarce, for one simple reason: Few outside the region know much about Islam and its history. To answer some of the myriad questions about the ongoing conflict, the University...
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