Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Elul 22, 5774

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A cold, steady rain fell as darkness descended, but the weather didn't dampen many spirits in the considerable crowd that had gathered. More than 120 people had been drawn to the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia to mark the birth of a new Jewish institution -- a talmudic yeshiva -- in a corner of the city that has seen its fair...
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Just who exactly has the attention of the leading presidential candidates right now when it comes to foreign policy, especially on issues relating to Israel and the Middle East? Who could potentially end up occupying key posts in the next administration? The Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses and the Jan. 8 New Hampshire primary will undoubtedly result in a dwindling list...
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Dreams permeate the book of Genesis. From Jacob's nighttime visions of God to his son Joseph's use of dream interpretation in the service of pharaoh in Egypt, the Bible's first book captures the potential transformative power -- and, at times, the paralyzing anxiety -- brought about by the powerful images that inhabit, and often haunt, a mind at rest. Yet...
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The significant sum, raised since August, will be used to finance the growing congregation's expansion project, which includes plans for a new, larger sanctuary, a social hall and an enlarged kitchen. The money raised during this phase of the campaign is in addition to more than $2.25 million raised several years ago for the building fund, explained Rabbi Jeff Pivo...
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Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
The program was billed as "In the Spirit of Family: The Universal Language of Grief." But there is nothing at all universal in the way the participating panelists have suffered, and words have provided little solace; for them, ordinary language just doesn't translate. What the three middle-aged women who sat on a podium together late last month do have in...
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