Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

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It's been a few weeks since Tom Knox, the millionaire businessman, pulled ahead in the polls -- more than enough time for local pundits to consider what such a victory in the May 15 Democratic primary might say about Philadelphia politics and where it's heading. After all, the conventional wisdom is that Philadelphia, unlike New York and other large urban...
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The Torah seems practically awash in capital punishment. Biblical passages call for the death penalty in cases where adultery, rape, murder -- even, believe it or not, idolatrous worship and parental disrespect -- have taken place. But according to lawyer Marshall Dayan -- who spoke before a handful of congregants at Congregation Beth Am Israel on the evening of April...
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Ryan Teitman
"Terrorists have rights," said law professor Amos Guiora to those gathered for his lecture on counterterrorism at Gratz College. "If we forget that terrorists have rights, we will end up like them." A professor of law at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and director of the school's Institute for Global Security Law and Policy, Guiora served 19 years in...
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Claiming that his reputation has been damaged and that his First Amendment rights were violated, a former art student at Penn State University is suing the institution over the cancellation of his painting exhibit, which depicted anti-Semitism, Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism in Palestinian society. Joshua Stulman, a 24-year-old native of Elkins Park, found himself at the center of controversy last...
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If Rabbi David Wolpe had his way, children would turn off their iPods and cell phones, and turn on to Judaism. "Every technological tool enforces isolation and a virtual community, which means not a real community," stated the Los Angeles-based author and educator, arguing that communal values are central to Jewish life. Speaking at the 20th-anniversary celebration for the Auerbach...
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