Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Elul 18, 5775
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Ryan Teitman
"I think that most of us feel that our souls are shriveled up, emaciated, starving creatures," said Rabbi Naomi Levy. Then, the seven-year congregational rabbi from Venice Beach, Calif., went on to disagree with that statement, describing the soul as strong, beautiful and, most importantly, eternal. For the health-care professionals, caregivers and members of the religious community who were listening...
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Ryan Teitman
During a Dec. 7 panel discussion on civil liberties and national security, one notion was continually sounded: Balancing rights and physical safety is no easy task, and shades of gray abound in a world where citizens everywhere live in fear of the next terror attack. From warrantless wiretapping to the Patriot Act, Americans have had a lot to learn about...
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Listen to local composer Andrea Clearfield discuss her creative process, and it almost sounds like she's got a paintbrush in her hand. Sipping a cup of coffee at La Colombe last week, the 46-year-old brunette described the "undulating bassoons" in one piece as "dark and velvety." Later, she referred to the same work's text as "an ocean of chant." As...
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The Golden Slipper Club & Charities isn't exactly known as a hot group for twenty- and thirtysomethings. The Bala Cynwyd-based philanthropic organization is largely recognized for its work with the elderly, and with needy children. But one night last month, several dozen young local residents crowded a Center City bar to chat about Golden Slipper. Over beers and barstools, they...
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Many American Jews assume that it's impossible to learn all that much about their family histories, since so many vital genealogical records were destroyed in the Holocaust. Yet according to Mark Halpern, president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia, a surprising amount of material -- including birth and marriage certificates -- did survive. Much is accessible, especially in...
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