Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775
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A sign for Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid in Broomall recently touted more than just an advertisement for the shul: It was defaced with a swastika. Situated at the corner of Sproul and Paxon Hallow roads, the metal sign pointed in the direction of the shul about a quarter mile away. According to Marple Township police, the sign was defaced five...
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For Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, the conflict between Islam and the West is centered around religious beliefs, and the actions that adherence to faith can evoke. "We can craft a legacy of bloodshed in the name of God," he said, "or peacemaking in the name of God." Hirschfield, the president of CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, appeared...
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West Philadelphia native Harry Azoff recalls exactly where he was on May 15, 1948 -- the day that David Ben-Gurion read Israel's Declaration of Independence, creating the first Jewish state in more than 2,000 years. On that day, the now 83-year-old was nowhere near Tel Aviv; nevertheless, he retains vivid memories of the historic moment -- memories that educators thought...
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Abuelgesim Mohamed, a 47-year-old Darfuri native, blames the continuing genocide in his homeland on a slew of false promises: wrangling inside the United Nations, the Abuja peace agreement, even President George Bush's "not on my watch" declaration. But marching arm-in-arm with fellow Darfurians down Market Street on Sunday, Mohamed said that the commitment of one group in particular has been...
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The Torah seems practically awash in capital punishment. Biblical passages call for the death penalty in cases where adultery, rape, murder -- even, believe it or not, idolatrous worship and parental disrespect -- have taken place. But according to lawyer Marshall Dayan -- who spoke before a handful of congregants at Congregation Beth Am Israel on the evening of April...
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