Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774
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In the rather small home-and-gift department at Saks Fifth Avenue's Bala Cynwyd store, displayed along with other coffee-table books about exotic places around the world sits none other than the 25th-anniversary edition of Leni Riefenstahl's Africa. Riefenstahl, of course, was the German filmmaker best known for her documentary, "Triumph of the Will," a pseudo newsreel commissioned by the Nazi Party...
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When espionage scholar Col. Rose Mary Sheldon reads the Torah, she sees it not only as a holy document, but also as the first spy saga ever written. "Take a familiar story like Noah and the flood: What animal does Noah send out to find out if there's land?" Sheldon posed last week to about 60 people at Beth David...
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Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Muslim extremism has moved to the forefront of American consciousness and U.S. foreign policy, forcing educators to step up the pace, and address the differences between Islam and Islamicism in the classroom. Scholar David Forte, who spoke to a group of teachers earlier this month at the American College in Bryn Mawr, diagnosed the...
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Over the years, Rabbi Elliot Holin of Kol Ami has promised his two older sons - Jonathan, 16, and David, 15 - that they would become B'nai Mitzvah in a building that was owned by the congregation. That, however, never did pan out; instead, the boys had Bar Mitzvahs at Gratz College. For almost a decade now, Kol Ami has...
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As a young girl, Marilyn Rosenthal Baltz really had no ties to Judaism. Her parents - Russian immigrants - owned a candy store in Kensington, where they worked seven days a week, and didn't belong to a synagogue. When she was in third grade, in the 1940s, someone told her about the Hebrew Sunday School Society - which sponsored sessions...
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