Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774
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As the sky threatened to unleash a Sunday afternoon storm, a crowd gathered around a fire truck blocking an otherwise quiet residential street in Cherry Hill, N.J. Like the onlookers, however, police and fire officials were not there last month to respond to an emergency, but to welcome home a local hero: Avi Behar, a 24-year-old lieutenant in the U.S...
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The director of the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition asked if a representative of the group could testify at an upcoming Harrisburg hearing on immigration. The request was considered, but the director was told, in effect, "Thanks, but no thanks." State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-District 12), the chairman of the Pennsylvania House's State Government Committee, called for the hearings, which began Aug...
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
August came and went with some unexpected surprises down the shore -- an earthquake, a hurricane and, maybe equally as groundbreaking, a glatt-kosher deli. Shalom Pita -- opened in May 2010 in Ventnor, N.J., as a kosher falafel and pizza place -- took a new turn after Tisha B'Av this year, when it went from dairy to meat. While falafel...
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Robert Strauss
REFLECTIONS One day in the spring of my daughter Ella's fifth-grade year, the dad of one of her friends showed up at our front door unannounced. I suspected the worst: girl backbiting, shoplifting, cheating in school. Little did I know that it was worse than that. It was the Grim Reaper of the B Team crossing our threshold. This dad...
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The Grand Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Rajab Mubajje, had a request last month for Rabbi Jon Cutler: Next time you make it to Kampala, bring a Chumash. During the same trip, the chief Islamic judge of Ethiopia, Sheikh Abdul Chello, made a similar appeal: Next visit, stay longer and teach me about Judaism. Though educating East African Muslim leaders about...
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