Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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Israel Consul General Uriel Palti struggled to make himself heard over the jazz band whose sounds -- brass blasts, smooth bass and crashing cymbals -- enveloped the ballroom at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia. With victory already apparent for Democrat Michael Nutter, supporters had begun crowding -- cramming, really -- into the room in anticipation of the hoopla of election-night...
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Does taking out a life-insurance policy hint at a lack of faith in God, and does it somehow betray the belief that God is both all-powerful and benevolent? Did Abraham's servant somehow violate Judaism's prohibition against sorcery or witchcraft when he asked for, and received, a kind of sign from God while he sought a wife for his boss's son,...
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The Democratic presidential candidates debate at Drexel University may have represented the best opportunity for rivals to derail -- or, at least, slow down -- what appears to be the Hillary Clinton runaway express. Both U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards gave it a shot: taking their swipes at what they described as the...
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When it comes to contemporary scholarship dealing with the 24 books that comprise the Hebrew Bible, academics and theologians can find all sorts of ways to disagree with one another. Here are just of few of the subjects they argue about: How reliable are all or parts of the text as a historical document, and what does the entire work...
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A husband-and-wife team of German journalists, who reported on how students and teachers in rural Tennessee memorialized the Holocaust, recently recounted how their steadfast involvement wound up being more complicated than they'd imagined. Peter W. Schroeder and Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand have each written several books and have served as foreign correspondents for German newspapers, but they may be best known for...
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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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