Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774
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Sally Friedman, JE Feature
When he was a sophomore at Harvard majoring in computer science, Tal Ben-Shahar should have been on top of the world. He was doing well academically, he was thriving socially, and he was playing varsity soccer -- but something was off. He was strangely unhappy. So he went to his adviser, as he recently told a capacity audience at Temple...
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Process of writing one seems to 'wake the community up'
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Fredda Sacharow, JE Feature
With the scribe right beside him on the bimah guiding his hand, Rabbi Peter Rigler picked up the quill and oh-so-carefully filled in the Hebrew letter raisch -- "R" -- in the word Yisrael, helping to complete the Torah his congregation had embarked upon creating. As the ink flowed, the former assistant rabbi at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins...
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A rabbi living in Northeast Philadelphia has been charged in Boston for allegedly sexually abusing two students at a day school there more than 30 years ago. He was released on $5,000 bail following his arraignment on Oct. 7 on four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child. His trial is scheduled to begin July 12, 2010. In...
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The holiday of Sukkot is rich with many rituals, but none is more symbolic than the sukkah itself, the makeshift hut we build to welcome our family, friends and other guests. Exposed to both the elements and the stars, it reminds us simultaneously of the fragile nature of our existence and the joy we find when we join together to...
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By:
Ethan M. Simon
FIRST PERSON While studying abroad in Oman, I met Kasia, a girl from Poland, whose experiences with the Jewish community of Northwestern University has inspired her to consider converting from Catholicism to Modern Orthodox Judaism. When asked what made her feel this way, she did not discuss the Jewish approach to worshipping God, but instead spoke of an appreciation of...
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