Ritual Life

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Laying the Foundation

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The groundwork was laid for religious life in the city at the start of the 20th century, as these photos attest.
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Religious Life

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  If you were a Jew in Philadelphia during the latter half of the 19th century, one of an estimated 12,000 members of the tribe,...
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The Gift Guide

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  Hearts are huge. Initials on anything and everything? Yes, please. And when it comes to a gift that never goes out of style, Apple...
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There’s No Place Like Rome

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“A llure” said Alessandra, “now we make the sauce per la pasta.” My 13-year-old granddaughter Sarina and I are standing by an old table...
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Controlling Your Date

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  Are you one of those lucky parents with an 11-year-old at home? If so, you are in the enviable position of having your child’s...

Where Are We Now, Where Are We Going?

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  VAYELECH, Deuteronomy. 31:1-30   Navigation, whether by foot, in a car, aboard a boat, or while flying in a plane, involves at its heart three very...
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At Shul, Prayer’s Not Three Times a Day, It’s Morning to Night

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    JERUSALEM On the ground floor of a building on a leafy residential street in southern Jerusalem, two men squeeze past each other in a crowded foyer.   One is...
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Polish Jews Connect to Israel

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Jerusalem After Jerzy heard about frequent vandalism at an old Jewish cemetery in his home city of Gdansk, Poland, he decided to visit the graveyard.  It...
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Ancient Ritual, Modern Misgivings

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Zoe Cohen and Ken Rosso are due to have their second child in September, and if it's a boy, they're already set on not...
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Visit to Israeli Site Opens His Eyes

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 Jewish Federation has always received a lot of attention at my family dinners. No conversation between my mother, campaign vice chair Ellyn Golder Saft,...