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Stretching the Boundaries of Orthodoxy

On Friday, July 13, Lechu Neranena will celebrate its first anniversary of conducting monthly Friday night services. This Orthodox minyan in Bala Cynwyd is...
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Celebrating a Milestone

In 1887, just months after the Statue of Liberty extended her torch to welcome immigrants to America, the Jewish Exponent was launching what would...
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N.Y.’s Jewish Community Report Can Apply Elsewhere in U.S.

The 2011 Jewish Community Study of New York was released earlier this month with some fanfare -- along with a few surprises.After a decrease...

The Power of a Presidential Meeting

Did you know that there is a special blessing one says when one sees a ruler or head of state? "Blessed are You, Lord...

Rationale for Refugee Agency May at Last Be Scrutinized

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee recently passed an amendment to the State Department and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill that could help change the conversation...
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A Stay-at-Home Dad Raising Twins Finds That Free Time Is at a Premium

I think I've blown it. I have no chance for a great first Father's Day. It's pretty much my own fault. I procrastinated on...

What a Sense of Community Can Accomplish

On Saturday, March 17, 2012, a fire started in a home on Poplar Street in Northern Liberties. We were nearby, praying in a space...

Let’s Respect Haredi Life Whenever We Offer Criticism

A recent article by Israeli journalist Yaron London headlined "We Need Fewer Haredim" and two major pieces in The New York Times about the...

We Need More Debate in the Community, Not Less

Some will tell you that we need less debate in the Jewish community, that for the sake of unity we need to stifle dissent...
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Rabbinical Couple’s Special Food ‘Fight’

 Last week, my wife, Rabbi Stacy Rigler, and I, along with many others in our area, participated in the Greater Philadelphia Food Stamp Challenge. The...