Thursday, October 2, 2014 Tishri 8, 5775

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The Grand Mufti of Uganda, Sheikh Rajab Mubajje, had a request last month for Rabbi Jon Cutler: Next time you make it to Kampala, bring a Chumash. During the same trip, the chief Islamic judge of Ethiopia, Sheikh Abdul Chello, made a similar appeal: Next visit, stay longer and teach me about Judaism. Though educating East African Muslim leaders about...
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With his laptop resting on a table in the library of the Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia, Rabbi Meir Fachler patiently answered questions from an eighth-grade Talmud teacher. The discussion didn't pertain to disputations on halachah. Rather, they focused on just how to make the best classroom use of a computer program designed in Israel that's called "Gemara Berura." The...
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Becca Greenberg squinted at the tiny lettering on her smartphone web browser, searching for the answers to a sheet of scavenger hunt clues that would soon take the Chestnut Hill 18-year-old and a team of fellow freshmen at Temple University's Hillel on a four-hour exploration of Center City. It's move-in day, but Greenberg and 25 others paid extra to unload...
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Will a Palestinian unilateral declaration of independence at the United Nations -- perhaps coupled with mass demonstrations in the Middle East and even more violence on the ground -- spark anti-Israel activism on college campuses locally and nationally? While no one knows quite what to expect, either on the world stage or on campuses, student activists and professional advocates have...
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The 2011 JCC Maccabi Games wrapped up with an Aug. 18 teen dance party at the Franklin Institute. About 1,500 people took part in the festivities. At the end of the evening, Philadelphia officially passed the Maccabi torch to Houston and Rockland County, N.Y. -- the cities that will host next summer's games. Philadelphia teams captured a number of medals:...
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