Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
Imagine a situation where the sea levels in Egypt rise so substantially that Alexandria, the Nile River bank and parts of the Suez Canal become completely inundated. In addition to producing millions of casualties and creating a massive refugee crisis, the floodwaters would wreak havoc upon the nation's economy, which depends upon agriculture. Such strife could also affect Egypt's relationship...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
Ferne Fine acknowledges that she didn't have much of a formal Jewish education. The 72-year-old no longer belongs to a synagogue, and admitted that most of her familiarity with things Jewish came from watching her three children become Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Still, Fine, a graduate of La Salle University, said she's thirsty for Jewish learning -- and not the...
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As of June 1, the Center City eruv was officially up and running, more than and a year-and-a-half after Mayor John F. Street signed a law that approved its construction. An eruv consists of a series of symbolic barriers that surround an area within which observant Jews are permitted under halachah to carry things outside of the home on Shabbat,...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Imagine a "spaceship" so tiny that it could travel through the human body to pinpoint and release drugs to kill cancer cells or use tools to unclog arteries in the heart. It may sound like science fiction, but according to a physicist from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, the idea lies in the realm of possibility in the...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
Ron Wolfson always enjoys telling the story about a woman he once met while touring different synagogues around the country. He asked her how she'd decided which synagogue to join after she moved to her area. The answer? She chose the only one where someone took the time to say hello to her after the service. Wolfson is a man...
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