Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774
By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
In a rural Ugandan outpost, black women bake challah over a charcoal stove. The men, most of whom are subsistence farmers, have names like Jacob, Isaiah or Solomon. There is no electricity here, but five synagogues dot the surrounding hills, drawing crowds of kepah-toting locals on Shabbat. Though scenes like these, as described by Philadelphia photojournalist Jay Sand, read like...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
While most Jews celebrated last Passover sitting at a familiar spot at their family tables, Yael Levin spent the holiday in a far more exotic locale -- with a group of Jews in Ahmedabad, India. She visited the area for three weeks as a volunteer from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, an organization that sponsors relief programs for Jews...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Some commentators argue that poverty, religious ideology or an education system skewed toward hatred are the root causes of terrorism. But Calvin Goldscheider -- a professor emeritus of sociology and Judaic studies at Brown University -- has focused his research on a completely different factor in the equation: demography. As people migrate over time, argued the professor, it leads to...
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By:
Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
Question: Does a Jewish wedding need to have a rabbi present? At Shir Ami-Bucks County Congregation in Newtown, students in an adult-education class puzzled over this question put to them by assistant Rabbi Yair Robinson. In fact, they seemed to be split down the middle in their responses as they debated the necessity for an officiant as the definitive element...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
If Hannah Arendt -- the great German-born political philosopher -- were alive today, she would be disappointed in U.S. policies and feel alienated from American culture, stated her biographer, friend and former student Elisabeth Young-Bruehl. Speaking at the University of Pennsylvania, Young-Bruehl likened the United States to the totalitarian regimes that Arendt spent so much time describing. In what is...
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