Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774
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More than seven months after stunning the political world by switching parties -- and receiving a chorus of welcome from the nation's top Democrats -- U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) exudes both determination and worry in his quest for re-election to a sixth term. "I saw President Clinton yesterday and he said, 'How's it going?' and I said, 'I've got...
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Fredda Sacharow, JE Feature
In their day jobs, they deliver sermons, chant Kabbalat Shabbat services, teach Hebrew school, cram for rabbinical-school exams, and conduct funerals and Bar Mitzvah ceremonies. On their own time, they run. Boy, do they run! Ten religious leaders who've dubbed themselves the "Running Rabbis" will be among the 42,000 men and women taking part in the 40th New York City...
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A group of local rabbis is calling on Jews to observe a fast day in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza. The group, part of a coalition of 60 rabbis around the country called Ta'anit Tzedek: Jewish Fast for Gaza, is advocating that Israel lift its three-year-old economic blockade, which it claims has resulted in "collective punishment" for Gaza's civilians due...
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Four years ago, Bob Casey -- then state treasurer and a candidate for the U.S. Senate -- made his first trip to Israel, touring the country as a relative foreign-policy neophyte with a group of Jewish backers who hoped they had found the guy to unseat conservative Republican Rick Santorum. Last week, Casey returned to the Jewish state under very...
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The evening before the Anti-Defamation League was set to release its annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents, just such an event was being perpetrated at a local Conservative synagogue. Arriving for morning minyan, congregants at Congregation Ner Zedek-Ezrath Israel-Beth Uziel in Northeast Philadelphia found a gold, spray-painted swastika on the front of their building, reported office manager Terrie Bass. The offending...
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