Saturday, August 23, 2014 Av 27, 5774
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Ben Franklin … Jewish? What did he use to discover electricity - Yiddish kite? "Well, he might have been Jewish. I've heard that his actual name was Moshe Ben Franklin," joshes Josh Kornbluth, Jewish himself and Franklin's avuncular avatar on stage. Early to bed, early to rise - you still won't be able to put one over on this mirthful...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Before "Nostra Aetate" - the 1965 proclamation by the Roman Catholic Church that among other things denounced hatred of the Jewish people and rejected discrimination - relations between Jews and Catholics were progressing but there were always stumbling blocks, such as the belief that Jews killed Jesus after rejecting him as the messiah. Today, 40 years after the release of...
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Six-part adult-ed course taught here, and throughout the world
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Rabbi Efraim Mintz divides the decades following the Holocaust into different stages based on Jewish reaction to its horrors: the shock and silence of the first two decades after World War II, followed by years marked by the urgency to tell, document and, most importantly, never forget. The most recent period, said the director of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute,...
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Inscription offers new slant on ABC's of archaeology
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On the last day of the dig, after long stretches of work under the blinding light of the Israeli sun, excavators spotted what appeared to be an inscription on a 40-pound stone wedged into a 3,000-year-old wall. The importance of these archaic letters - obscured by dust and the wear of millennia - only became apparent after the block had...
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When Americans sit down to their turkey and gravy dinner this Thanksgiving, and make the important decisions of the day - sweet potatoes or mashed, pumpkin pie or apple - some may actually stop to reflect on what this holiday really is all about. The Plymouth colonists and their neighboring American Indians, who according to the commonly accepted history taught...
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