Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Shevat 7, 5775
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July 4, 1976 is a date often recalled with great joy by Israelis, to say nothing of knowledgeable Jews all over the world. That's the day -- which just happened to correspond to the American bicentennial -- when Israel pulled off one of the most daring and successful military operations in its short history, a day in which counterterrorism proved...
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In an era where congressional incumbents often easily trounce challengers -- or face no meaningful opposition at all -- the hot-blooded rematch between U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-District 6) and Democratic challenger Lois Murphy has both parties scrambling in a district that has emerged as a real battleground, one that perhaps represents something of a microcosm of American politics. Gerlach,...
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It happened to Philadelphia goalie Max Fenkell two years in a row. First, it was the inline hockey semifinal in the JCC Maccabi Games in 2004. After his Philadelphia team overcame a two-goal deficit against Washington, D.C., to tie the game -- this, in front of D.C.'s home crowd -- Fenkell, 15, gave up the game winning goal with just...
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For many of Pennsylvania's Jewish voters, the most watched Senate race in the country has forced them to sort out their own political priorities, and possibly support a candidate with whom they're less than 100 percent comfortable. At this point, the race may be Bob Casey's to lose -- poll after poll shows the incumbent barely managing 40 percent approval...
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Sally Friedman, JE Feature
Down a narrow alley, past crumbling masonry walls in Cell Block 7, the doors to Eastern State Penitentiary's prison synagogue were open on a recent afternoon. Scores of visitors stepped inside to glimpse a remarkable sight: the remnants of a once-active sanctuary for the Jewish inmates. That sanctuary, which functioned as a place of worship until the 1960s, is now...
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