Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
For many Jews, secularism is a threat to Jewish continuity, a force that will drive religiosity from Jewish culture and peoplehood. But, according to University of Pennsylvania professor Marion Kant, who teaches a course on the subject with her husband and fellow Penn professor, Jonathan Steinberg, such formulations are overly simplistic. As the scholars demonstrate in their course, Jewish secularism...
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
In a rural Ugandan outpost, black women bake challah over a charcoal stove. The men, most of whom are subsistence farmers, have names like Jacob, Isaiah or Solomon. There is no electricity here, but five synagogues dot the surrounding hills, drawing crowds of kepah-toting locals on Shabbat. Though scenes like these, as described by Philadelphia photojournalist Jay Sand, read like...
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
It seemed like the start of a normal day of duty in Ramadi, Iraq. U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Candice Gerber woke up at her regular time, worked out at the gym, then walked over to the base hospital where she worked as a medic. What awaited her on the other side of the door came as a complete shock...
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
The United States should look to Israeli counterterrorism to help change its own flawed policy, according to Lawrence A. Husick, senior fellow at the Center on Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. "Why can't we learn from Israel?" posed Husick, who is also an adjunct professor of graduate-level business classes at the University of Pennsylvania...
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By:
Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Some commentators argue that poverty, religious ideology or an education system skewed toward hatred are the root causes of terrorism. But Calvin Goldscheider -- a professor emeritus of sociology and Judaic studies at Brown University -- has focused his research on a completely different factor in the equation: demography. As people migrate over time, argued the professor, it leads to...
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