Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Kislev 25, 5775
By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
For many Jews, secularism is a threat to Jewish continuity, a force that will drive religiosity from Jewish culture and peoplehood. But, according to University of Pennsylvania professor Marion Kant, who teaches a course on the subject with her husband and fellow Penn professor, Jonathan Steinberg, such formulations are overly simplistic. As the scholars demonstrate in their course, Jewish secularism...
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
In a rural Ugandan outpost, black women bake challah over a charcoal stove. The men, most of whom are subsistence farmers, have names like Jacob, Isaiah or Solomon. There is no electricity here, but five synagogues dot the surrounding hills, drawing crowds of kepah-toting locals on Shabbat. Though scenes like these, as described by Philadelphia photojournalist Jay Sand, read like...
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
While most Jews celebrated last Passover sitting at a familiar spot at their family tables, Yael Levin spent the holiday in a far more exotic locale -- with a group of Jews in Ahmedabad, India. She visited the area for three weeks as a volunteer from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, an organization that sponsors relief programs for Jews...
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Some commentators argue that poverty, religious ideology or an education system skewed toward hatred are the root causes of terrorism. But Calvin Goldscheider -- a professor emeritus of sociology and Judaic studies at Brown University -- has focused his research on a completely different factor in the equation: demography. As people migrate over time, argued the professor, it leads to...
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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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