Friday, November 28, 2014 Kislev 6, 5775
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Swarthmore College religion professor Nathaniel Deutsch has admittedly chosen some unusual and disparate subjects for his research into the history of religion. From the beliefs of the ancient gnostics to a "holy woman" who served as a Chasidic teacher in 19th-century Eastern Europe - as well as an analysis of Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad's use of "midrashic" techniques...
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Rabbi Efraim Mintz divides the decades following the Holocaust into different stages based on Jewish reaction to its horrors: the shock and silence of the first two decades after World War II, followed by years marked by the urgency to tell, document and, most importantly, never forget. The most recent period, said the director of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute,...
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Mention the contentious issues of stem cells or cloning at a meeting of a Jewish communal organization that frequently weighs in on some of the more political topics of the day and you're likely to stir up a hornet's nest. Indeed, according to University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe, these two subjects have managed to replace abortion as "the...
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David Ruderman has a passion - an obsession, really - with excavating the Jewish past. He also happens to be a rabbi who heads what he calls a "great secular yeshiva." The 61-year-old Lower Merion resident serves the University of Pennsylvania in two capacities: as the Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History, and as director of the Center for...
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Why is it that some children can breeze through books above their grade level, but can't for the life-of-them comprehend long division, while others can effortlessly identify a musical note or pitch, but just can't seem to tell a fast ball from a curve ball until after they've swatted air? According to the theory of multiple intelligences, first proposed by...
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