Monday, April 21, 2014 Nisan 21, 5774

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The failure of peace to materialize and the omnipresent threat of war -- and worse -- has had a profoundly negative impact on the Israeli national consciousness, prompting many citizens of the Jewish state to "shrink into themselves," shunning both public life and discourse, according to a noted Israeli novelist and short-story writer. Orly Castel-Bloom, who was born in Tel...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
Four years ago, Kelly Galfand couldn't take her kids to synagogue on Shabbat. That's because doing so would render Galfand, an observant Jew in Lower Merion, at odds with Jewish law. Halachah prescribes that only Jews living within a certain designated zone -- called an eruv -- can perform certain tasks on Shabbat. For those living outside the zone, activities...
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Geoffrey W. Melada JE Feature
PITTSBURGH You might not have known that Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, the two-term Republican incumbent, was fighting for his political life when he strode into the Crafton Volunteer Fire Company for a rally on the eve of Election Day. The 48-year-old Pittsburgh-area native -- followed by his wife Karen and their six young children -- looked casual in a brown...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
On Tuesday, the difference in mood between Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach's camp and that of his democratic challenger Lois Murphy seemed like night and day. While an energized crowd of several hundred partied until the wee hours at Murphy's gala in King of Prussia, Gerlach's Exton-based affair emptied out early. And though Gerlach himself appeared calm and collected...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
It took Maxine Chalker nearly 40 years to muster up the courage to face her past. Even then, finding her biological family wasn't so easy: It required tracking down the judge who approved her adoption, writing to dozens of churches in Philadelphia, and waiting for months to get answers. The investigation paid off. Chalker, who was born Christian, but adopted...
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