Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775
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When a band of Boy Scouts gets ready for a weekend camping trip, planning is an essential step in making sure that the event runs smoothly. When the Scout troop also happens to be Shomer Shabbat and keeps kosher, organization becomes even more vital, especially as Friday afternoon rolls around. "We make sure we get there with enough time to...
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Ryan Teitman
As Matthew Heller was nearing the time of his Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Or Ami in Lafayette Hill, his father, Rob, was concerned that his son was a little shy. He sought to somehow boost his oldest son's social skills as the young man prepared for the most momentous day in his life thus far. But as he searched for...
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At the headquarters of the Philadelphia Police Department's SWAT team in Kensington, officer Brian Leventhal sits at a long wooden table with a group of similarly large men sporting close-cropped haircuts, and wearing cargo pants and combat boots. They chow down on meaty hoagies and engage in conversation ranging from international politics to local crime to Philadelphia sports teams. The...
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Bill Coren wasn't the best runner in the 1960s when he was part of the Springfield High School track and field squad. The 57-year-old has suffered from Crohn's disease his entire life, which he said prevented him from building the muscle necessary for the bursts of speed and strength most track events require. But the Delaware County native and longtime...
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Bobbi Kraft can't exactly explain why she's always felt a certain pull toward Israel. "I was born when Israel was born, and my parents were Zionists," said Kraft. "Israel was always an important part of my life. As I got older, in my 20s, I thought 'I'm not living in Israel but I want a connection.' " So Kraft joined...
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