Sunday, February 7, 2016 Shevat 28, 5776
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What began as one cantor's exploration into exactly what the Bible doesn't say about the matriarch Sarah has resulted, some 15 years later, in the publication of The Torah: A Women's Commentary , a feat that has been touted as a seminal moment in the history of biblical scholarship, as well as a considerable step forward in the decades-old push...
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Despite a centuries-old history marked by misunderstanding, acrimony and often deadly conflict, Poles and Jews -- against all logic -- manage somehow to continue speaking to one another. The dialogue may, in fact, have entered one of its most interesting phases. This was the combined judgment of the three participants in a recent panel discussion devoted to this troubled but...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With any numbers of international events riveting U.S. attention -- the lingering war in Iraq, troops over in Afghanistan, the threat of global terrorism, and the rise of China and India as economic rivals -- a political-science professor at Villanova University posed a relevant question: Should people in the United States care about Latin America? Although many Latin American countries...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
As the effects of global warming continue to spread throughout the world, Israeli scientists -- and one, in particular -- hope that ongoing research will keep agricultural crops growing despite the possibility of harsh conditions. "[Global warming] doesn't just mean higher temperatures," said Simon Barak, a molecular biologist at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. "It means unpredictable droughts, increasing salinization...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
While many recent college graduates seek the comfortable atmosphere and free food found at home, or shack up with a couple of roommates in an apartment, Steve Rubin chose a different path entirely. The 23-year-old from Bala Cynwyd instead traveled across the world to enlist, voluntarily, in the Israel Defense Force, serving a nation that seems to be at a...
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