Saturday, July 26, 2014 Tammuz 28, 5774
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It looked as if State Rep. John Perzel (R-District 172), one of the most powerful figures in Harrisburg, would have the last laugh. But a backbench lawmaker from Montgomery County with little statewide name recognition and no New Year's Eve plans made a late night phone call that was heard round the state -- the one that ultimately foiled Perzel's...
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Ryan Teitman
Every Thursday, the students at Congregation Adath Jeshurun's preschool in Elkins Park file out of their classroom and make the trek down the hall to visit Nadine Miller. In just 20 minutes, she continues teaching the class a new language -- quite a feat for a group of children under 5 who are still mastering the intricacies of their native...
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Ryan Teitman
Throughout the last five decades, Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid in Broomall has followed something of a circuitous route -- with services held in locations as various as a firehouse and a country club, and with two mergers occurring in the matter of a decade. To acknowledge its many tangential moves as well as to celebrate its considerable achievements, the congregation...
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Halacah, the Jewish code of law, operates as a legal framework like any other. There are complex, often very nuanced, rules to uphold, and hundreds of interpretations on how those rules should be applied. That's why there are jobs for people to translate that legal jargon into laymen's terms. For Orthodox Jewish women, these translators are called yoatzot halachah ,...
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The name Josef Mengele is synonymous with the perverse "medical experiments" conducted by the Nazis on concentration camp inmates. Mengele -- who eluded capture after the war and died in Brazil in 1978 -- was a doctor at Auschwitz, where he conducted dubious research that killed many inmates, and was often the one who selected which inmates would be immediately...
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