Sunday, January 25, 2015 Shevat 5, 5775

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For months, the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition, which represents Jewish federations across the state, has lobbied on behalf of a bill that would mandate the Keystone state to utilize its economic leverage to punish Iran and other nations, including Sudan, that have been labeled by the U.S. State Department as sponsors of terrorism. "Genocide and terrorism will not be tolerated by...
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French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi once had an idea for a large sculpture to grace the entrance to the Suez Canal. His intent was to have a statue of an Egyptian peasant woman, her face covered with a veil, holding up a lit torch, with broken chains resting at her feet. It was to be called "Egypt Bringing Light to...
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Philadelphia Weekly's most recent cover -- the issue of Nov. 14-20 -- has stirred up some debate over what's cute versus what's in poor taste. The full-color front page -- tagged to the paper's annual gift guide -- depicts a tan-and-white hamster with one of its front paws resting on a dreidel. The hamster sports a blue yarmulke and blond...
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Yael Dayan, daughter of the late Israeli soldier and statesman Moshe Dayan, told a small local gathering last week that the Jewish state has no alternative but to negotiate with Palestinian leaders -- and that she can't imagine any outcome much worse than the current status quo. Dayan added that high expectations are needed if the upcoming talks at Annapolis...
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Democrat Ruth Damsker said that she knew she was taking a chance by aligning herself with a better-known candidate, former U.S. Rep. Joe Hoeffel, but she thought their partnership was the best shot that the Democrats had to take control of the Montgomery County Courthouse. However, it didn't work out that way. Hoeffel, who got the second-highest number of votes,...
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