Thursday, October 30, 2014 Heshvan 6, 5775
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Ryan Teitman
During a Dec. 7 panel discussion on civil liberties and national security, one notion was continually sounded: Balancing rights and physical safety is no easy task, and shades of gray abound in a world where citizens everywhere live in fear of the next terror attack. From warrantless wiretapping to the Patriot Act, Americans have had a lot to learn about...
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Ryan Teitman
"I think that most of us feel that our souls are shriveled up, emaciated, starving creatures," said Rabbi Naomi Levy. Then, the seven-year congregational rabbi from Venice Beach, Calif., went on to disagree with that statement, describing the soul as strong, beautiful and, most importantly, eternal. For the health-care professionals, caregivers and members of the religious community who were listening...
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Ryan Teitman
Father Daniel Joyce of St. Joseph's University told a local audience last weekend about an experience he had in a church that was selling religious items paired with candy. The gift boxes included a rosary and a prayer book, along with chocolate pieces that were meant to be "rewards" for completing different rosary prayers. "We do have this sort of...
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Ryan Teitman
Barbara Victor was looking for a volunteer project to get involved with before Chanukah; she found her answer via the Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia and its "Adopt a Family" program, which provides Chanukah gifts to those in need throughout the community. Victor had noticed that several synagogues were helping families in similar ways for Christmas, but...
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Ryan Teitman
During her years of volunteer work, Tarah Epstein Baiman worked hard at avoiding the very subject that had changed the course of her life: becoming an orphan after the deaths of her parents when she was just a teenager. At 16, she went to live with an uncle, and then with her grandparents. It was this experience that led her...
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