Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

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Schwartz Gets Nod for Ways & Means Committee U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-District 13) was appointed by the House Democratic leadership to the influential Committee on Ways and Means. The committee deals with taxes and revenue-raising, and has an oversight role on federal programs such as Social Security and Medicare. "We have our work cut out for us, from lowering...
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While the Conservative movement's law committee may have confounded some by accepting what seem to be diametrically opposed positions regarding the status of gays and lesbians, a number of Philadelphia-area rabbis said the decisions did not come as a surprise to them, and that the rulings were in keeping with the denomination's tradition of tackling controversial issues within the framework...
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The Festival of Lights is rapidly approaching, and that means it's time for many Jewish families to deck their homes with Chanukah-themed dish towels, napkins, candles and tablecloths, all while braving the malls or hopping online to find the latest MP3 player or the hottest video game for the kids. It's no secret that Chanukah has become part of mainstream...
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Listen to local composer Andrea Clearfield discuss her creative process, and it almost sounds like she's got a paintbrush in her hand. Sipping a cup of coffee at La Colombe last week, the 46-year-old brunette described the "undulating bassoons" in one piece as "dark and velvety." Later, she referred to the same work's text as "an ocean of chant." As...
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Ryan Teitman
During a Dec. 7 panel discussion on civil liberties and national security, one notion was continually sounded: Balancing rights and physical safety is no easy task, and shades of gray abound in a world where citizens everywhere live in fear of the next terror attack. From warrantless wiretapping to the Patriot Act, Americans have had a lot to learn about...
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