Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Tishri 28, 5775

Jordana Jacobs

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Jessica Weiner has a special place where she always seems to experience those Oprah-esque "ah-ha" lightbulb moments: the bathroom. It was in her college dormitory's public loo that she noticed a stall's graffiti - graffiti that convinced her not to commit suicide - and in a New York City bookstore ladies room where Weiner was inspired to write Do I...
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Three years ago, after seeing the thought-provoking film Relentless - a documentary about the history and fallacies of the Oslo peace accords - Rabbi Yakov Couzens and his friend, Michael Wachs, dreamed of having the Philadelphia Jewish community view the movie as well. So they picked a day, booked Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz - who had just written a...
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As a student at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Rabbi Yitzhak Nates had a vision: to create a place where people could embrace Judaism, yet be open to one another, despite their sexual or even religious orientations. He planted the seeds of his dream while a senior at the Wyncote institution, and it's apparently beginning to sprout now. What started as...
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Lying. Smuggling. Even contemplating bribery. There's no telling to what extent some will go to help others. The 42 participants on Congregation Adath Jeshurun's recent trip to Cuba learned this lesson firsthand when they tried to complete their mission to the ostracized island nation. The assignment was to deliver pounds and pounds of collected goods to the small Jewish community...
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The publication of political cartoons in a Danish newspaper depicting images of the Prophet Mohammed recently sparked violent protests and riots by Muslims worldwide. But these renditions of Islam's founder have stirred up questions throughout the free world about some basic constitutional rights, like freedom of religion and freedom of the press. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and...
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