Sunday, March 29, 2015 Nisan 9, 5775

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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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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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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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In a scenario that seemed unlikely just a few months ago, the Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama race for the Democratic presidential nod now has all the earmarks of becoming the wildest political circus in recent memory. Both campaigns have begun barnstorming across Pennsylvania in anticipation of the state's April 22 primary, which may or may not decide the outcome. As the...
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The Etz Chaim Center for Jewish Studies and the minyan it created nine years ago are parting ways. The Center City-based outreach organization is getting set to move to a smaller space, and dedicate more of its resources to staffing and programming. At the same time, the informal prayer group that was under its auspices has evolved into an independent...
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