Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774
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As a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Rabbi Yitzhak Nates had a vision: to create a place where people could embrace Judaism, yet be open to one another, despite their sexual or even religious orientations. He planted the seeds of his dream while a senior at the Wyncote institution, and it's apparently beginning to sprout now. What started as...
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Lying. Smuggling. Even contemplating bribery. There's no telling to what extent some will go to help others. The 42 participants on Congregation Adath Jeshurun's recent trip to Cuba learned this lesson firsthand when they tried to complete their mission to the ostracized island nation. The assignment was to deliver pounds and pounds of collected goods to the small Jewish community...
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The publication of political cartoons in a Danish newspaper depicting images of the Prophet Mohammed recently sparked violent protests and riots by Muslims worldwide. But these renditions of Islam's founder have stirred up questions throughout the free world about some basic constitutional rights, like freedom of religion and freedom of the press. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and...
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Ever since grade school, Barbara Klein Moss has had a preoccupation with the notion of an "Edenic" place - a personal Garden of Eden, where an idealized environment affords one a peaceful inner life. The theme has surfaced often in her fiction. Now, thanks to a recent grant, she has taken a step closer to her own paradise, which she...
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When America went to war in Iraq in March 2003 with the goal of uncovering weapons of mass destruction, the concept of a pre-emptive strike - of self-defense from an attack a country believes to be eminent - was parleyed around in political circles. Indeed, on a conceptual level, Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz, who spoke to 200 people...
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