Monday, April 21, 2014 Nisan 21, 5774

THE INCUMBENT What are the differences between you and your opponent when it comes to Israel and American policy in the Middle East? I think there's a huge gap in the depth of understanding in all of the issues around the region. Casey doesn't understand the issues, he doesn't understand the interrelationship between the different forces in the Middle East...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
For many Jews, secularism is a threat to Jewish continuity, a force that will drive religiosity from Jewish culture and peoplehood. But, according to University of Pennsylvania professor Marion Kant, who teaches a course on the subject with her husband and fellow Penn professor, Jonathan Steinberg, such formulations are overly simplistic. As the scholars demonstrate in their course, Jewish secularism...
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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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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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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
When Pfc. Richard J. Schmidt Jr.'s flight landed in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago, it marked the end of a four-day journey that took the U.S. army soldier from Afghanistan to Kuwait to Germany to Atlanta, and finally, to Philadelphia. After meeting his family at the airport, Schmidt insisted they take him for one last stop before officially starting...
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