Friday, December 19, 2014 Kislev 27, 5775
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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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Fourteen simple lines - written 40 years ago as part of a larger document, all rendered in Latin - attempted to change the nearly 2,000-year-old strained relationship between Catholics and Jews. The anniversary of the adoption of that Catholic document, known as "Nostra Aetate," on Oct. 25, 1965 - the last approved text before the closing of the landmark Second...
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For the past 40 years, Jewish women have been at the forefront of the feminist movement, challenging nearly every conventional attitude regarding women's lives, and in the process have transformed American society. Judaism was not immune to this transformative spirit, as Jewish feminists demanded that the religious community come to terms with the fact that it had treated women as...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
For many Philadelphians, a drive down North Broad Street is simply a way to get to work or travel into the city, but for Rabbi Fred Kazan, 72, it's a glimpse into Philadelphia's Jewish history. By the time he had his Bar Mitzvah, Kazan had lived in South Philadelphia, Strawberry Mansion and West Oak Lane. Such experiences sparked a current...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Thanks to Steven Spielberg's epic film "Schindler's List," the title character, Oskar Schindler, may be one of the world's most famous rescuers of Jews. Still, there were other non-Jewish heroes whose exploits may not have been as daring as Schindler's, but are, nonetheless, rescuers who deserve recognition. In the 1940s, Giovanni Palatucci was police chief in the small town of...
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