Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Rabbi Saul Grife has never made any bones about the fact that he loves the music of the Grateful Dead, as well as other groups from the classic rock era, especially Santana, Cream and Jethro Tull. Grife said that he finds inspiration in their fusion of diverse musical influences, sheer energy and, yes, their countercultural ethos. The religious leader of...
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A New York Times story on Feb. 17 that ran beneath the headline "Dreams Stifled, Egypt's Young Turn to Islamic Fervor" provided a stark portrayal of Israel's largest and most populous neighbor. According to the article, Egypt's command economy has been unable to keep up with a decades-long population boom. A generation of increasingly well-educated men and women are encountering...
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What began as one cantor's exploration into exactly what the Bible doesn't say about the matriarch Sarah has resulted, some 15 years later, in the publication of The Torah: A Women's Commentary , a feat that has been touted as a seminal moment in the history of biblical scholarship, as well as a considerable step forward in the decades-old push...
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U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-District 6) has faced voters of his district three times since 2002 and has never cracked 51 percent of the vote, but that's still always been enough to ensure victory. Conventional wisdom suggests that 2006 -- a year in which the Democrats retook the house and ousted two Philadelphia-area GOP incumbents -- represented the best chance...
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Throughout his long political career, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) has frustrated both conservatives and liberals among his constituents and colleagues by staking out the middle ground on a host of issues, from the war in Iraq to comprehensive immigration reform and even the value of congressional earmarks. But if the five-term senator has his way, he'll be representing the...
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Profile

Bryan Schwartzman has been reporting on the Jewish community of Philadelphia since 2003. After 10 years as a staff writer, he now occasionally freelances for the Exponent. He writes about trends in politics, religion and spirituality, philanthropy and sometimes dabbles in sports and the arts. 
 
He has received numerous awards from the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists, the Jewish American Press Association and other organizations.
 
A native New Yorker, he earned a master’s degree in modern Jewish history and literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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