Friday, July 3, 2015 Tammuz 16, 5775

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Two Jewish Democratic lawmakers who sit on the State Senate's education committee recently found themselves on opposite sides of a heated Harrisburg debate over taxpayer-funded school vouchers. State Sen. Andy Dinniman's support for the voucher bill helped pass it out of committee, but he's got serious reservations about the measure and says he may ultimately oppose it. State Sen. Daylin...
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Time seemed to slow as a lone actor in a stained tallis commanded the Gershman Y auditorium, beseeching God -- in Yiddish -- not to break the souls of his people as they died fighting the Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto. An hour later, the somber mood lifted as a Turkish/Eastern European-infused harmonica ensemble took over the stage. This was...
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For the better part of the academic year, Yair Cassuto and three fellow Israelis studying at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School have devoted their free time to contacting hotels, restaurants, tourist sites and business leaders back home. No, they're not studying the intricacies of the tourism business, nor are they getting paid a cent for this work. Instead, they...
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Meir and Shira Reiner thought it was time to leave Queens behind and move to a more affordable Orthodox community. Although Meir Reiner is an ordained rabbi, he works professionally as a high-tech entrepreneur. So basically, all he needs is a good Internet connection. The couple looked into numerous options, but a year-and-a-half ago, they settled on a fixer-upper within...
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The teacher grew up in a secular Jewish home in Liverpool, England, before embracing Jewish law and becoming an Orthodox rabbi. The student was raised in a Reform household in Connecticut, and disassociated himself from Judaism as a teen before toying with atheism and Buddhism. Now, he's trying to meld East and West, and is enrolled at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical...
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