Friday, January 30, 2015 Shevat 10, 5775

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Andrew Lasner, JE Feature
The negotiation haggling is over, the inspection is history, and the nail-biting settlement period has closed. Now comes the tough part - moving! Research tells us that moving is usually one of the most stressful events in a person's life, ranked as high as the death of a loved one or divorce. No matter how old you are, moving is...
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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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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
After years of practicing his moves and refining his specific technique, Jake Wischnia, 16, should have been eagerly anticipating his first international fencing match, just hours away. Instead, he was panicking. The airline that had taken the Wyncote native all the way to Budapest, Hungary, had also lost his fencing equipment. He was left with nothing: no helmet, no padding,...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Throughout her long life, Norma U. Levitt always adhered to the principles of fostering Jewish life and fighting for women's equality. As she's grown older, however, she's learned that it's necessary to refine life's philosophies. "I always had the same concerns, but I learned more about them," said Levitt, who's in her 80s. "As you go along, you get more...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Laying in a hospital bed 13 years ago, Elizabeth Rubin was in a lot of pain, uncertain whether she was going to live. And just weeks before, life had been so good: She had recently given birth to her second daughter, and she and her husband were enjoying their increasingly active household. But then the symptoms started appearing - her...
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