Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774
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Stephen J. Dubner, a former staff member of The New York Times Magazine and co-author of the bestselling book Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything , said that he's a big believer in owning up to shortcomings. For example, Dubner practically bragged that his co-author, Steven D. Levitt -- a behavioral economist at the University of...
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Following more than a decade of advocacy by Hadassah and other Jewish organizations, the House and Senate have each passed a bill that would prohibit employers and health-insurance firms from discriminating against individuals based on information obtained through genetic testing. "This is a sigh of relief. Beneficial testing doesn't have to bring with it the fear of discrimination," said Susannah...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the images of Ugandan children taken by noted documentary photographer Stephen Shames, now on display in a new local exhibit, don't need much text to accompany them. Instead, his 30 large-format photos should suffice for viewers to vividly imagine what it must have been like to grow up and live through...
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There's no arguing that the girls debate team at Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia has come a long way in a relatively short time. Only in its second full season, it has amassed an impressive string of victories against educational institutions with larger student bodies and more established debating traditions. The eight-member squad recently placed first in a regional competition...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg
The date was Sept. 29, 1958, four in the afternoon of erev Rosh Hashanah. Holiday services were set for 8 p.m., but there still wasn't a finished floor in the modest synagogue sanctuary of the new congregation, Temple Beth Tikvah. So what did the congregants do? They got right down on their hands and knees, and finished the work themselves...
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