Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Iyyar 17, 5775

By:
Avi Shafran
At the end of last summer, dozens of women launched a protest against the practice of separate men's and women's seating on some Israeli public bus routes servicing haredi Orthodox communities. They boarded the buses and sat down among the men, expecting to provoke some strong reaction. The women, some dressed in decidedly non-haredi style, expected to be forced to...
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Don't Relegate a Significant Segment of the Population to Second-Class Status
By:
Nancy Ratzan
Last spring, two Israeli newspapers doctored photographs of the new Israeli Cabinet to remove the images of two female ministers, Limor Livnat and Sofa Landver. In one paper, the women's faces were replaced with two male ministers; in the other, they were blotted out. The erasure of the women's faces was in accordance with the ultra-Orthodox view that it is...
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By:
Adam Oded
I imagine that many people nodded their heads as they read the findings in the 2009 Jewish Population Study of Greater Philadelphia indicating a graying population and a dearth of younger Jews. For me, it raised more questions than answers. In the last year, I have met hundreds of young Jewish adults who have moved to Philadelphia. Some of these...
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By:
Monroe E. Price
Each day, there's a new drama in the papers or on TV about the complexities of citizenship -- the yearning to acquire it, the frustrations of denial, the abuses and the benefits. Citizenship as status is one of the defining narratives of an identity laden and struggling global system of nation states. As I and my children have sorted out...
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What better time to reflect on the warm and welcoming embrace of Shabbat than during this year's record-setting, snow-infused winter? As our cover story this week illustrates, introductions to Shabbat rituals and experiences are all the rage in our area, from a "Shabbat U" at Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley to "A Taste of Shabbat" at Congregation Ohev Shalom...
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