Monday, November 24, 2014 Kislev 2, 5775

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West Philadelphia native Harry Azoff recalls exactly where he was on May 15, 1948 -- the day that David Ben-Gurion read Israel's Declaration of Independence, creating the first Jewish state in more than 2,000 years. On that day, the now 83-year-old was nowhere near Tel Aviv; nevertheless, he retains vivid memories of the historic moment -- memories that educators thought...
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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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