Monday, December 22, 2014 Kislev 30, 5775

Grand Canyon offers spectacles, day-in, day-out
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Arthur R. Ellis, JE Feature
Why would the cast of "Fiddler on the Roof" enjoy a trip to the Grand Canyon? Two words: sunrise, sunset. Tevye isn't usually singing there, but thousands of visitors to this awe-inspiring location nonetheless pry themselves out of bed early in the morning to see first light bring the canyon walls to life, and again line the edge of the...
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Frank Rosci, JE Feature
There are those who put little stock in miracles, but the good people who operate Developmental Enterprises Corporation, with administrative headquarters in Norristown, not only place great faith in them, they know it takes a miracle each and every day to enable the organization to proceed with its enormously challenging but life-affirming, life-changing work - and especially to succeed at...
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You wouldn't expect paper to be a major source of pollution; after all, it's made from wood, which in nature breaks down into tiny components that re-enter the plant growth cycle. Yet without proper dampness and other conditions that are often missing in garbage dumps, paper fails to decompose for dozens of years. As a result, billions of tons of...
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By wearing a unique weighted back-support device and participating in a special exercise program, women over age 60 with osteoporosis-caused curvature of the spine improved their balance and also experienced diminished back pain, giving researchers at the Mayo Clinic a promising therapy to reduce falls among this population. Falls present a serious risk of injury in the older population. They...
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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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