Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Tishri 28, 5775
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Ross Levy plopped down at a table across from two curly-haired teenagers, and started shooting the breeze. "Hey, man, what's up?" he asked brightly, slapping their hands and flashing a wide-toothed grin. "What kinds of stuff are you into? What does a typical afternoon for you look like?" One braces-clad eighth-grader responded that he liked the drums; another said he...
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Dr. Lewis Gordon has only been teaching at Temple University since 2004, but he's already made a name for himself on campus. That's because Gordon, 44, a professor of religion, philosophy and Judaic studies, is building up scholarship in an area few have explored: Afro-Jewish studies. A black Jew himself, Gordon is working to create a clearinghouse for research on...
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If polls can remotely gage public opinion, then President George W. Bush has had some trouble getting the American people behind his plan to send additional troops to Iraq in order to help quell sectarian violence there. Presumably, a possible military strike against Iran in order to stop it from obtaining or using nuclear weapons would prove a far tougher...
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Ryan Teitman
Darby Leigh has been an actor, a social worker and a student of comparative religions. But one thing he never thought he could possibly be is a rabbi, and for one reason: He is profoundly deaf. But the 33-year-old is now in his fifth year of the six-year rabbinical program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, and has been...
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Ryan Teitman
Eileen and Kevin were in a fierce argument about the kids: He had gone back on his word, and now wanted to raise the children Catholic, not Jewish. Neither parent would relent; she accused him of breaking his promise, and he accused her of not seeing his point of view. They argued in circles, neither gaining ground -- nor giving...
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