Monday, December 29, 2014 Tevet 7, 5775

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Ben Harris, Jewish Telegraphic Agency
NEW YORK To frack or not to frack? As concerns mount over the environmental and public health consequences of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, Jewish groups are coalescing around a strategy that supports efforts to extract natural gas from shale rock while seeking to mitigate its worst effects. In May, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the community's main public...
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Yoni Stadlin does more than just talk about honoring trees on Tu B'Shevat -- he devotes vacations to "speak" for them. A month ago, the 33-year-old Bala Cynwyd native flew to Northern California for his fifth stake-out high in the boughs of an ancient Redwood that would have been chopped down years ago if not for the continual presence of...
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A controversial online video promoting this weekend's National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference at the University of Pennsylvania was pulled by organizers at the height of their effort to advance their agenda targeting Israel. The flap over the video highlights the charged nature of the issue and suggests the tenor likely to be heard at the conference, which is sold...
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When it comes to the Holocaust, certain stereotypes about survivors persisted for decades after World War II. It was believed, for example, that in order for survivors to begin a new life, they had to suppress their memories of the war years, never thinking or speaking about them. And because survivors had been badly damaged by their experiences, their offspring...
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Over the past decade, Israeli artist Tal Shochat has scoured her homeland for the perfect cypress, plum, palm and other particular trees. Even after settling on an ideal specimen, she often waited patiently until the plant dripped with luscious fruit before photographing it, taking care to clean each branch first. From this painstaking process she compiled a series of large-format...
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