Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774

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Before heading out on a congressional trip that includes stops in Iraq and Israel, U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- the presumptive Republican presidential nominee -- made two appearances in the area to raise both funds and his political profile, especially since media attention remains glued on his two Democratic rivals who've been determinedly wooing voters in the Keystone state...
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Throughout his presidential run, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has tried -- and, to a large extent, has succeeded -- at casting himself as a "post-racial" candidate, one who appeals to broad swaths of the electorate and defies the normal rules of identity politics. But, over the past week, that effort -- and perhaps even Obama's presidential aspirations -- have...
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Though the Passover seder may be the religious rite that's most familiar to the majority of Jews, a University of Pennsylvania professor recently posited that these same individuals may, in fact, be unaware or misinformed about the origins of the assorted rituals they recite year in and year out. Dr. Jeffrey H. Tigay told an overflow crowd gathered on a...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With the Iraq war a key issue in the upcoming presidential election, a four-star general told a local audience last week that whoever wins the race will have "to think long and hard" about the future of Iraqi society before deciding to pull U.S. troops from the region completely. Now that America has become deeply involved in the fate of...
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A year ago, an alternative spring-break trip afforded University of Pennsylvania student Sam Adelsberg the opportunity to witness firsthand the many, still-difficult, even grim realities of life in post-Katrina New Orleans, an experience that both haunted him and fermented a desire to return to the Crescent City and do more. At the same time, the Brooklyn-born Modern Orthodox student had...
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