Saturday, November 1, 2014 Heshvan 8, 5775
By:
Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
Question: Does a Jewish wedding need to have a rabbi present? At Shir Ami-Bucks County Congregation in Newtown, students in an adult-education class puzzled over this question put to them by assistant Rabbi Yair Robinson. In fact, they seemed to be split down the middle in their responses as they debated the necessity for an officiant as the definitive element...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
If Hannah Arendt -- the great German-born political philosopher -- were alive today, she would be disappointed in U.S. policies and feel alienated from American culture, stated her biographer, friend and former student Elisabeth Young-Bruehl. Speaking at the University of Pennsylvania, Young-Bruehl likened the United States to the totalitarian regimes that Arendt spent so much time describing. In what is...
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By:
Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
According to the latest Rasmussen Reports' poll from Oct. 16, incumbent Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell holds a commanding 17-point lead over Republican challenger Lynn Swann, and things don't look to be improving for the former Steeler superstar. The Republican Governor's Association recently announced that it will be targeting six governor races with a get-out-the-vote effort; Pennsylvania didn't make the...
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By:
Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
Jacob Johns spent the early part of his adulthood moving from job to job, with no real prospects for the future in sight. From factory to restaurant work, he had nothing stable to hang his hat on. "Nothing with a pension," he said. "Nothing with any future. Nothing I could call a career." He had a young family to support,...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
When Pfc. Richard J. Schmidt Jr.'s flight landed in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago, it marked the end of a four-day journey that took the U.S. army soldier from Afghanistan to Kuwait to Germany to Atlanta, and finally, to Philadelphia. After meeting his family at the airport, Schmidt insisted they take him for one last stop before officially starting...
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