Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Av 19, 5775
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Ryan Teitman, JE Feature
It was 1908, and the young man was forlorn. The 25-year-old had been in the United States for 16 years, and wanted to marry his girlfriend. But he was worried about an old superstition that a woman who has a dimple in her chin -- as was the case with his girlfriend -- will lose her husband early and tragically...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
As a teenager, Larry Holman entered the U.S. Navy with the idea of serving exactly three years and three days -- and never dreamt of making a career of it. By enlisting just before his 18th birthday in 1958, he was assured that his service would end by age 21; however, the Nebraska native excelled, and was quickly promoted to...
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The Purpose Driven Life , Evangelical pastor Rick Warren's book about following the teachings of Jesus, has sold millions and made its author a household name. While Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis hasn't quite reached that level of fame, her books -- Life Is a Test, The Committed Life , as well as Jewish Souls on Fire -- which urge Jews to...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
Synagogues are built around the idea of organized worship -- the notion that Judaism should be practiced at a central address where activities can be held, congregants can study, a rabbi can lead, and officers can fundraise. Yet Philadelphia's Unstructured Synagogue Havurah shares very few of these elements. Indeed, the group has no dues, no building, no officers and no...
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Matthew Mager, 15, and his mother, Sue Mager, of Yardley, coordinated a pre-Passover food drive at Congregation Beth El of Lower Bucks County to benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen in nearby New Jersey. Some two-dozen bags of canned goods and nonperishable food were collected.
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