Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774

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Roughly a dozen local rabbis and rabbinical students signed a letter calling on Brandeis University's Hillel to reverse its decision and accept a membership bid by the local Jewish Voice for Peace Chapter. Several weeks ago, Hillel's board voted to reject the application of JVP, an organization that has been criticized for its support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions...
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A Philadelphia City Council resolution calling for hearings on prayer in the public schools has drawn a sharp rebuke from the Anti-Defamation League's regional director. In a letter to the resolution's chief sponsor, City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell (D-District 3), Barry Morrison wrote that "any governmental or school promotion or endorsement of a student's private religious activity may be considered a...
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Raphael Falkoff
Plenty of foreigners are leaving Japan, but the past weeks have made no dent in my passport. There are many people who are jumping ship for theoretically less radioactive waters, but I'm not ready to leave. The reasons for me staying here are powerful, yet simple: For the time being, this is my home. This is my country, at least...
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Sally Friedman
Marianna Salz was just out of college when she began training as an interviewer for Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation. "The work changed my life; I gained a perspective about my Judaism that I hadn't had before," said Salz, a Russian native who came to the United States when she was 7 years old and eager to get involved. "I felt...
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A geologist for the state of Pennsylvania compared a film critical of the natural-gas industry to Nazi propaganda. Last week, the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reported on comments made by Teddy Borawski, chief oil and gas geologist for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation. Referring to the film "Gasland," which raises issues about the environmental impact of fracking to extract marcellus...
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