Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775
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To the uninitiated, a page of Talmud may appear as little more than a sea of letters - perhaps recognizable as Hebrew characters, a few forming intelligible words, but on the whole a distant text, devoid of any real meaning. That's exactly how the Talmud appeared to Downingtown resident Robert Fischer three years ago. "My language skills are non-existent," states...
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With one in four American Jews now over the age of 60, rabbis can expect to deal with issues related to aging like never before - and for many years to come. Senior citizens are living increasingly longer, leaving more time to examine their spirituality and contemplate their mortality. "We have this gift of decades more of life. We also...
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There's one simple reason why Marcia Rosenthal doesn't teach in public schools: She wants to focus on Jewish children. "I love being Jewish! It defines and guides me in every part of my life," proclaimed Rosenthal, who is Orthodox. "I want [my students] to walk away with a feeling of joy about their being Jewish and a desire to learn...
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Over the past year, the Clarence L. and Estelle S. Meyers Library at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park has undergone a $20,000 facelift that has included the expansion of its collection, the purchase of a new computer with high-speed Internet access, the addition of new furniture and lighting - and a gourmet coffee machine. Couldn't placing hot liquids...
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Though the Holocaust is a topic many find difficult to read about, let alone write about, 100 local sixth-graders tackled the challenge head on. In the 11th annual Holocaust writing contest sponsored by the local chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, students at the Elkins Park School were asked to jot down their thoughts about the Shoah, using...
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