Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774

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After being overseas for four months -- and getting just five hours sleep during the span of about two days of travel -- 17-year-old Rena Asher longed for the comforts of home. She had it all figured out: "Saying 'hi' to my dog and cat -- and my bed," said Asher, after she'd returned from a semester-long stay in Israel...
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Ross Levy plopped down at a table across from two curly-haired teenagers, and started shooting the breeze. "Hey, man, what's up?" he asked brightly, slapping their hands and flashing a wide-toothed grin. "What kinds of stuff are you into? What does a typical afternoon for you look like?" One braces-clad eighth-grader responded that he liked the drums; another said he...
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Dr. Lewis Gordon has only been teaching at Temple University since 2004, but he's already made a name for himself on campus. That's because Gordon, 44, a professor of religion, philosophy and Judaic studies, is building up scholarship in an area few have explored: Afro-Jewish studies. A black Jew himself, Gordon is working to create a clearinghouse for research on...
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If polls can remotely gage public opinion, then President George W. Bush has had some trouble getting the American people behind his plan to send additional troops to Iraq in order to help quell sectarian violence there. Presumably, a possible military strike against Iran in order to stop it from obtaining or using nuclear weapons would prove a far tougher...
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Lining the walls of photographer Zoe Strauss' dimly lit South Philly studio are images of people and places that have seemingly been left behind by the city's economic resurgence -- pictures of abandoned buildings, discarded mattresses, and a seemingly confused elderly woman on the street, wearing a robe and slippers, and clutching a dog. "My work really isn't documentary; it's...
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