Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774

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Displayed on the front windowsill of Shmul Kaplan's modest Levittown apartment are two symbols that the 80-year-old holds dear: a menorah and an American flag. "I put them here because I want to say that I'm an American Jew," said Kaplan, who was granted asylum here in 1997, after facing frequent and sometimes violent anti-Semitism in Kazakhstan and Russia. His...
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Maybe you learned about it in Hebrew school, or maybe you have a family member who's a survivor -- or a relative who didn't make it out of Europe -- but if you're Jewish, chances are good that you know of the Shoah. But what about non-Jews? How do they come to understand -- and possibly to empathize with --...
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Ryan Teitman
The students stood in two concentric circles -- one facing out, one facing in. Each person in each pair had only 30 seconds to speak. Their partners had to remain in complete silence. The prompts started out simply enough: Talk about spring-break plans, your most embarrassing memories. The responses to these topics drew on the normal bustle of teen lives...
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Ryan Teitman
A veteran U.S. Army general told a local audience this week that the Al Qaeda terrorist network has set itself a 20-year goal of establishing an Islamic caliphate throughout the Middle East, Northern Africa and Southeast Asia; having a direct confrontation with Western nations; and making Israel one of its very first targets. "I think that the mere fact that...
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Headlines about Darfur offer only a cursory understanding of the brutal genocide there. For 72-year-old pediatrician Jerry Ehrlich, however, stories of black villagers being tortured at the hands of Arab militias have proven all too real: Those victims were once his patients. Ehrlich, of Cherry Hill, who grew up an Orthodox Jew in northern New Jersey, spent the summer of...
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