Sunday, February 1, 2015 Shevat 12, 5775

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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
More than 500 supporters from the Philadelphia area crowded into Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley last week to witness elected officials discuss Israel, homeland security and the future of international cooperation at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual Salute to Congress. The event brought out both veteran and newly elected officials, including Senator-elect Bob Casey Jr., who gave...
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Twenty-six years ago, Golden Slipper Club & Charities was called upon to bail out a Jewish nursing home in Northeast Philadelphia that was in serious financial debt. Golden Slipper, which also runs a senior center, a camp for underprivileged children and a scholarship program out of its headquarters in Bala Cynwyd, accomplished that feat -- and has managed the 240-bed...
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While it's widely accepted that the midterm elections were largely a referendum on the war in Iraq, it's far from clear what impact the new Democratic-lead Congress will have on policy in the Middle East. Joe Sestak (D-District 7) -- recruited to run for office based on his national-security credentials -- is among newly elected lawmakers who want Congress to...
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Jared Shelly
It's 4:15 a.m. on a Thursday morning, and middleweight boxing contender Kassim Ouma is already drenched in sweat. As he leans back on a workout bench, his fitness coach -- Jeff Goldstein -- throws him a medicine ball, which the boxer catches over his head. Ouma grunts as he throws it back, completing yet another repetition in a virtually countless...
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