Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tishri 6, 5775

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Ryan Teitman
The preschoolers in Robin Singer's Torah class on Fridays know that when they step into her classroom, they enter another world. Some days, it's the Garden of Eden, complete with construction-paper trees and green-streamer vines criss-crossing the room. Other days it's Noah's ark, and waves of bright-blue plastic "water" circle the room. But no matter the day, students seem to...
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Residents of the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life in Horsham and kindergarten students from Temple Judea of Bucks County celebrated Chanukah with stories, songs and an olive-oil press demonstration given by Rabbi Zushe Gurevitz of the Chabad Lubavitch Jewish Center in Abington. From left are students Sarit Held and Jay Pogach of Doylestown, and Abramson resident Hedwig...
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As the Muslim world, and now Iran, make increasingly hostile overtures toward Israel, it's hard to imagine that relations between Jews and Arabs were ever harmonious. But as biblical scholar Elsie Stern pointed out, during the pinnacle of Islamic power, Jews and Muslims often had a "really fertile" relationship -- one based on shared religious convictions and intellectual and cultural...
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The name Josef Mengele is synonymous with the perverse "medical experiments" conducted by the Nazis on concentration camp inmates. Mengele -- who eluded capture after the war and died in Brazil in 1978 -- was a doctor at Auschwitz, where he conducted dubious research that killed many inmates, and was often the one who selected which inmates would be immediately...
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As a biblical scholar, Ellen Frankel sees the Torah as a sacred, absolute text. But when it comes to issues of gender, Frankel -- the author of a women's commentary on the Torah, among other books -- feels that the work of God could stand for a little revision. As the editor-in-chief of the Jewish Publication Society explained it, "I...
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