Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775

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Retired Lt. Col. Kathy Brill has interrogated an Af­ghan warlord and experienced firsthand one of the most violent periods of the U.S. war in Iraq. But as the Overbrook Park resident — who is barely five feet tall — tells it, she was nervous, if not outright terrified, to step into a synagogue. After decades away from congregational life and...
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Lt. Dan Ludmir sat next to Afghan civilians at meals, sharing food from the same plate. Hosts poured him cups of chai tea. It is well known among U.S. Marines, he said, that Afghan families reserve the nicest mattress for guests. And yet, beneath the handshakes and generous hospitality, Ludmir, a Philadelphia-area native, said the most urgent and constant threat...
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Ron Jones was one of the most popular teachers at Cubberley High School in Northern California when in April 1967, he turned his classroom into a fascist state and instructed students to salute him. At 25, he was not much older than many of his students and was determined not to repeat the drab lessons he’d sat through in school...
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A swanky new ballroom on North Broad Street is quite a distance from Tzipi Livni’s usual political home turf. But during her Oct. 14 speech here, Israel’s onetime foreign minister and deputy prime minister sounded an awful lot like a candidate. Maybe that’s because a marquee politician — even one who is out of office — may just automatically come...
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JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli court ruled last week that papers belonging to writer Franz Kafka be transferred to the Israel National Library in Jerusalem. The papers, which include correspondence between Kafka and his close friend Max Brod, have been the subject of a custody battle between the Hoffe family and Israel’s National Library. Shortly before his death, Kafka left...
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