Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774

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It's an age-old question: What does practicing religion have to do with being a good, ethical person? While working to formulate his own personal theology as a seminary student in the 1970s, Rabbi Ira F. Stone himself struggled with the notion of whether observing Judaism's commandments in itself leads to ethical behavior. "The Judaism I encountered up until that point...
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Ryan Teitman
During her years of volunteer work, Tarah Epstein Baiman worked hard at avoiding the very subject that had changed the course of her life: becoming an orphan after the deaths of her parents when she was just a teenager. At 16, she went to live with an uncle, and then with her grandparents. It was this experience that led her...
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At the religious school at Shir Ami-Bucks County Jewish Congregation in Newtown, Rabbi Eric Goldberg is trying to give his students a visceral connection to Israel by using something familiar to many of them -- dogs. At every class meeting, the children have been asked to bring in a donation for a tzedakah project supporting Pups for Peace, an organization...
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Ryan Teitman
At the Ambler-based office of Pitch In for Baseball, David Rhode helps bring the joys of America's pastime to children around the world. As executive director of the organization, he leads the effort to send new and gently-used baseball equipment to youth leagues, both in the United States and internationally. And now, local Jewish children will be getting involved as...
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Many American Jews assume that it's impossible to learn all that much about their family histories, since so many vital genealogical records were destroyed in the Holocaust. Yet according to Mark Halpern, president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia, a surprising amount of material -- including birth and marriage certificates -- did survive. Much is accessible, especially in...
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