Saturday, November 22, 2014 Heshvan 29, 5775

Jared Shelly

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While some argue that Hamas' political, terroristic and charitable arms are separate entities, one Mideast expert suggests that the lines are more than blurred. Matthew Levitt, former deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, said "distinguishing between wings of Hamas is a myth." Speaking to about 40 people at the Center City office...
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Throughout her life, Shayna West had a recurring dream that her front teeth were falling out. When she moved her tongue around her mouth on Oct. 9, 2005, and felt open space in place of her front teeth, she couldn't help but again believe she was dreaming. "I'm going to wake up from this," she recalls thinking. "A couple more...
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Grinning widely, Michael Levin steps out of line and walks toward an Israel Defense Force soldier, proudly accepting his formal induction into the army. Minutes later, the large movie screen shows a still photo of Levin in black and green face paint, just hours before he was killed during the summer war with Hezbollah in Lebanon. The 22-year-old native of...
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Displayed on the front windowsill of Shmul Kaplan's modest Levittown apartment are two symbols that the 80-year-old holds dear: a menorah and an American flag. "I put them here because I want to say that I'm an American Jew," said Kaplan, who was granted asylum here in 1997, after facing frequent and sometimes violent anti-Semitism in Kazakhstan and Russia. His...
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When the U.S. Junior boys basketball team begins playing at the 11th Pan American Maccabi Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December, they will surely be favorites to win the gold medal. Just 10 years ago, however, it was anybody's competition. But it all changed when Brian Schiff took over as head coach of the 13- to 16-year-olds, and began...
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