Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774

By:
Aaron Pasman
From 6,000 miles away, family and friends watched online and via video-conferencing as Daniel Krupka graduated from eighth grade in front of the Western Wall. "It was the perfect place to graduate after nine years of being at a Jewish day school and learning about Israel," said the recent Abrams Hebrew Academy student. Krupka, along with 28 others, made up...
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Roy Eitan, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
TEL AVIV Yosef Lapid, among the most politically incorrect figures of Israeli politics, died of cancer June 1. He was 77. Known to friends and foes alike as "Tommy," a nickname from his native Yugoslavia, La-pid was a dominant figure among Israel's intelligentsia. As playwright, journalist and commentator, he brought an old European brio to the nascent Jewish state. Memories...
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By:
Aaron Passman
For real understanding to occur between cultures, people must see one another as people and not just as "representatives of a national collective," a proponent of interreligious dialogue noted at a recent event in Bryn Mawr. "There is more moderation in Islam than you'd like to believe," especially if you only read your local newspaper, said Rabbi Ron Kronish, who...
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By:
Aaron Passman
Standing in a circle of light on a small, bare stage, Greg Aguela told an audience of nearly 50 people how he'd found God at the Western Wall. "It wasn't necessarily cool to be a Jew" growing up, he explained in a rhythmic, spoken-word piece. Aguela told how he never particularly embraced or identified with his own Jewish heritage, but...
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Dina Kraft, JTA
TEL AVIV On April 28, a white-haired former shipmate propped a gold-fringed, pale-blue flag of the legendary Exodus ship next to the coffin of its commander, Yossi Harel. A short distance away sparkled the azure Mediterranean Sea, whose waters Harel sailed four times on clandestine journeys between 1945 and 1948. Those journeys brought a total of 24,000 Holocaust survivors to...
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