Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

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Ethel Hofman, Jewish Exponent Feature
In Israel and for Jews around the world, Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day, is the realization of a nearly 2,000-year-old hope for the Jewish people to have a free homeland. It's a day of joyous celebration -- for on May 14, 1948, on the fifth day of Iyar, the State of Israel was established. This year, Yom Ha'atzmaut begins at...
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This would appear to be the season of the Psalms. A recent flurry of books about these impassioned expressions of religious feeling -- the trend began last fall with scholar Robert Alter's reworking of the artful prayers -- has recently been added to by a lovingly produced volume from Philadelphia's own Jewish Publication Society titled I Will Wake the Dawn:...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Linda Bruck said she still remembers the amazement she felt this past January when she and her husband, Larry, first entered the home of Adolf and Saida Yevdoksyuk. The Newtown couple had come to the Yevdoksyuk's Northeast Philadelphia home to deliver a package of food sent by the Jewish Relief Agency. The couple was so grateful, they invited the Brucks...
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His professional career fairly parallels the history of the Jewish state from its inception. Famed photographer David Rubinger, though born in Vienna in 1924, came to pre-state Palestine in 1939, barely escaping after the Nazi Anschluss, or annexation, of Austria (his parents' fate was different and very complicated). After working on two kibbutzim and serving in the British Army's Jewish...
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Louise Fiszer, JE Feature
One of the most thrilling events for a family is buying and moving into a new home. A house warming, or Chanukat Habayit , is the traditional celebration for this very special time. It is customary to dedicate the dwelling upon moving in with the appropriate blessing, affixing mezuzot to the doorposts, and inviting friends and relatives to share the...
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