Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775

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Robert Strauss
REFLECTIONS One day in the spring of my daughter Ella's fifth-grade year, the dad of one of her friends showed up at our front door unannounced. I suspected the worst: girl backbiting, shoplifting, cheating in school. Little did I know that it was worse than that. It was the Grim Reaper of the B Team crossing our threshold. This dad...
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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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