Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

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It remains to be seen whether U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak's (D-District 7) decision to speak at an event hosted by a controversial Muslim group -- over the objections of some segments of the Jewish community -- will come back to haunt him. The freshman legislator's April 7 speech at the first gala dinner hosted by the Pennsylvania chapter of the...
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The fall of communism in Eastern Europe ushered in a period of intense debate in Poland over how the nation should appropriately interpret the Holocaust, as well as the fate of Poland's lost 3 million Jews. The change in the political climate in the 1990s also set off a related debate that continues today as to exactly what that nation...
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The year was 1923. Living out in the "country," rather than on the crowded streets of Philadelphia, began to appeal to a sizable number of people, and some migrated to the suburb of Warrington, which was then predominantly farmland. For his part, resident Harry Cohen was longing for a place where his family could worship that would also be close...
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Throughout the ages, the Exodus from Egypt -- and God's revelation of the Torah at Mount Sinai -- has represented the paramount moment of the Jewish experience. Yet the nadir -- the deadliest in a line of calamities that have befallen the Jewish people -- is so much closer to the present day. The two disparate epochs -- the revelation...
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During a recent speaking engagement, Tony Auth quickly summed up his career as a cartoonist for The Philadelphia Inquirer . "If you do this for a living, you get two things: awards and hate-mail," he joked before 150 or so people at Old York Road Temple-Beth Am in Abington. During a presentation last week to the Philadelphia section of the...
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