Thursday, March 5, 2015 AdarI 14, 5775
By:
Ryan Teitman
In the main storage room at the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, volunteer Carole LeFaivre-Rochester walked past shelves filled with black-bound tomes -- every issue of the Jewish Exponent since its first publication nearly 120 years ago. She walked past countless records gathered and saved from local hospitals and businesses, then stopped and reached into a box to retrieve a faded...
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Ryan Teitman
For graphic novelist Joann Sfar, family is the central inspiration for his work. In describing one of the characters, a musician, from his latest book Klezmer: Tales of the Wild East , he took a marker and with a few brisk strokes sketched the image on a nearby white board. With square-rimmed glasses and a thin face, the man he...
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Toward the end of his life, Benjamin Franklin was once asked what exactly the framers of the Constitution had given to their new nation. His answer: "A republic, if you can keep it." According to nationally syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer, the United States and its military gave the Iraqi people the framework for a democratic republic. Yet it looks as...
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
According to Neil Lazarus, a British Jew who now lives in Israel, the fight to preserve the Jewish state is not just ideological or political. It's also a linguistic shouting match. As an advocate for Israel, Lazarus wants to provide the weapons -- in this case, words -- to help crush Israel's enemies. "I'm going to be perfectly honest," Lazarus...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
Four years ago, Kelly Galfand couldn't take her kids to synagogue on Shabbat. That's because doing so would render Galfand, an observant Jew in Lower Merion, at odds with Jewish law. Halachah prescribes that only Jews living within a certain designated zone -- called an eruv -- can perform certain tasks on Shabbat. For those living outside the zone, activities...
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