Saturday, January 31, 2015 Shevat 11, 5775

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As the Obama administration awaited an official response from Iran as to whether it would abide by a draft plan concerning uranium enrichment, two Pennsylvania lawmakers highlighted efforts on Capitol Hill and in Harrisburg to enact deeper sanctions against the Iranian regime. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and State Rep. Josh Shapiro (D-District 153) touted those efforts during an Oct...
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Rabbi Rebecca Alpert
A Tin Pan Alley Jew -- Albert Von Tilzer -- composed the catchy tune to the anthem of baseball, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," and I enjoy singing along. But the words, written by Philadelphia Catholic Jack Norworth, sometimes give me pause. Since Catholics, like Jews, have a penchant for rules, the song's chorus is based on three commands...
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Fredda Sacharow, JE Feature
In their day jobs, they deliver sermons, chant Kabbalat Shabbat services, teach Hebrew school, cram for rabbinical-school exams, and conduct funerals and Bar Mitzvah ceremonies. On their own time, they run. Boy, do they run! Ten religious leaders who've dubbed themselves the "Running Rabbis" will be among the 42,000 men and women taking part in the 40th New York City...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
While 46,000 fans were cheering at Citizens Bank Park as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers and earned a trip to the World Series for the second year in a row, Gertrude Stein was just as happy to be watching the game on TV. After Jayson Werth slammed a three-run home run in the first inning to give...
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Some traditions at play at Main Line synagogue
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With a tallit draped over his shoulders and a guitar resting on his lap, Rabbi Ethan Franzel sat, eyes closed and completely still, in the dimly lit chapel at Main Line Reform Temple-Beth Elohim in Wynnewood. At 6:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning, darkness still enveloped the sky; the lights in the rest of the building hadn't even been turned on...
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