Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774
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Most of the year, Rabbi Eli Strasberg, director of the Chabad Jewish Center of Delaware County, looks like your typical Lubavitcher: black hat, black coat, long beard, tzitzit out. But during the weeks leading up to Passover, Strasberg, 29, also outfits himself in a crisp white apron and puffy chef's hat. That's because the Philadelphia native and father of three...
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Headlines about Darfur offer only a cursory understanding of the brutal genocide there. For 72-year-old pediatrician Jerry Ehrlich, however, stories of black villagers being tortured at the hands of Arab militias have proven all too real: Those victims were once his patients. Ehrlich, of Cherry Hill, who grew up an Orthodox Jew in northern New Jersey, spent the summer of...
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Ryan Teitman
"It's addictive to work with glass. You forget about your body. You forget about yourself." So says Rachel Shoham, who, every day when she re-enters her studio, remains anxious to check the kiln. Since she leaves things to fire overnight, she never quite knows what she'll find inside: a fortunate surprise or an unexpected setback. That very anticipation is one...
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When you think about urban greenery, it's probably Central Park -- that oasis of trails, lakes and playgrounds in central Manhattan -- that first comes to mind. But, truth be told, Philadelphia -- with its expansive Fairmount Park system and sprinkling of urban squares (Rittenhouse, Logan and Fitler, among others) -- was designed to be the mecca for city gardens...
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Ryan Teitman
Fred Blum rifles through records at the National Archives, the Pennsylvania Historical Society, the Philadelphia Free Library and the Philadelphia City Archives. He scours official Census records. He finds the links that others missed in the nooks and crannies of history. And he puts these sleuthing and research skills to good use as someone who helps the Red Cross reunite...
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