Monday, December 22, 2014 Kislev 30, 5775

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In preparation for Election Day, Edith Finkelstein checked with every resident on her floor to ensure that they had valid IDs. She lives at CASA Farnese, a subsidized low-income housing building at 13th and Lombard streets for older ad­ults — one of the groups potentially most affected by Pennsylvania’s voter identification law. With the exception of one man who told...
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Even if a 20-something pro­fessional attends the High Holiday Wine Tasting event, has a few drinks, acquires tickets for Rosh Ha­sha­nah, attends services -- but then doesn't join any congregation, the event is not a waste of time for a synagogue, said Michael Meketon of Congregation Levy Ha-Ir. "At that age, I didn't really care about affiliation," said Meketon, 48,...
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Jonathan Kremer, Jewish Exponent Feature
A family enters the synagogue room, a little boy holding his parents' hands and an older sister looking around with anticipation. At the front, the Rosh Hasha­nah service is being led by congregants. On a mat in the corner, children play quietly, then pause for a story that leads to a discussion of forgiveness. Some of the parents seated on...
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Edmon J. Rodman, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Los Angeles Can ridding oneself of a year's sins really be as simple as tossing a piece of bread into the water? Basically that's Tashlich, or "casting away," a custom that many Jews practice each year at the seashore, lakeshore, stream or even koi pond on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, which falls this year on Sept. 17. Simply...
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It's Yom Kippur 2007 on the hit HBO show Entourage. The always connected Hollywood agent Ari Gold is naked without his cell phone. His wife has taken both his gadgets -- his primary one and the one strapped to his ankle, as she berates him for not honoring the holiday. "Jesus Christ, it's Yom Kippur," she says. For the generation...
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