Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775
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For Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, the conflict between Islam and the West is centered around religious beliefs, and the actions that adherence to faith can evoke. "We can craft a legacy of bloodshed in the name of God," he said, "or peacemaking in the name of God." Hirschfield, the president of CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, appeared...
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The conference room buzzed with a focused kind of chatter as dozens of rabbis and rabbinical students from the Philadelphia area and beyond discussed, analyzed and debated the talmudic passage at hand. Taken from a tractate of the Babylonian Talmud, this particular text raised an age-old question: Is it okay to tell a white lie in order to spare somebody's...
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Ryan Teitman
The pursuit of knowledge has always been a major facet of Jewish culture, and a newly formed organization is seeking to extend this tradition by bringing some of the leading Jewish lights in the arts and sciences to the Philadelphia area to discuss their accomplishments and insights. Two men -- Marc Erlbaum and Rabbi Asher Crispe -- have founded the...
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Tiferet Beth Israel preschoolers and their teachers, Nancie Dall (left) and Diane Goldbacher, enjoy an imaginary trip to the rainforest they created in class. Over the past few months, children at the Blue Bell synagogue have discovered the beauty, diversity and significance of such endangered areas.
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Rabbi Mordechai ("Mordy") and Limor Friedman share a cozy office lined with Hebrew books inside Steinhardt Hall, home of Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania. You might think the space would be too close for comfort, but they said they're rarely in their office at the same time, and are so busy on campus that a good chunk of the...
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