Tuesday, May 26, 2015 Sivan 8, 5775
Decoding the Torah through gematria
By:
Melissa Jacobs, Inside Feature
If God wrote you a letter, would you read it? Well, God did, and you have. The letter is the Torah. For centuries, Jews have been reading the Torah again and again, poring through its stories, its heroes and villains, its messages and meanings. What about the language in which the letter is written? What about the Hebrew alphabet? The...
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See the likeness of the first Jewish American commodore on Independence Mall
Who is that man and what did he do? That’s what Gary "Yuri" Tabach, a recently retired U.S. Navy captain living in Moscow, hoped generations of Philadelphians would ask when he decided to commission a 1,000-plus-pound bronze statue and have it mounted on a pedestal outside Congregation Mikveh...
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By:
Daniel Eisenstadt and Michael Granoff
The greatest success story in recent Jewish history has become one of the world's best-kept secrets in under a generation. On Dec. 6, 1987, when Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev arrived in Washington, D.C., more than a quarter-million American Jews -- Democrats and Republicans, observant and secular, and individuals representing the entire spectrum of Israeli politics -- gathered on the National...
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How Sept. 11 still shapes our mind and everyday actions
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Elyse Glickman, Jewish Exponent Feature
Every generation has its “Where were you? …” moments when everything Americans think we believe about reality shifts and transforms into something else. For our grandparents, it could have been the start of the Depression or Pearl Harbor Day (Dec. 6, 1941). For our parents, the 1960s were fraught with thunder strikes, including the deaths of the Kennedys and Mar­tin...
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Melissa Jacobs, Jewish Exponent Feature
The Philadelphia Holo­caust Remembrance Foun­da­tion is launching a celebration of the music, sports, art and literature of Terezin, the Nazi-run ghetto/concentration camp in the former Czechoslovakia also known by its German name, Theresienstadt. Art, culture and sport -- at a concentration camp? "It sounds counterintuitive -- bordering on crazy -- but it's true," says Rachel Lithgow, executive director of the...
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