Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774

By:
Edmon J. Rodman, JE feature
On Yom Kippur, we ask, “Who by fire?” Sadly, this year at Tisha B’Av, we know who: the 19 firefighters who died in Arizona.
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DEVARIM, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
By:
Rabbi Shmuel Jablon
As we have a tradition that the Mashiach will be born on a Tisha B’Av, we have the opportunity to consider what we may do to remedy the sins of our past in order to merit the complete redemption of the future.
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By:
Penny Schwartz, JTA
A census of U.S. day school students during the 2008-09 academic year found a 2.5 percent drop in non-Orthodox enrollment over the previous five years, even as overall Jewish day school enrollment in the United States grew 11 percent, driven in part by the growth in the Orthodox population.
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By:
Uriel Heilman, JTA
One group of schools aims to bring Jewish children who otherwise would attend regular public schools into an environment where their Jewish identity can flourish; the other wants to increase Hebrew literacy in America and distances itself from any Jewish association.
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By:
Debra Rubin, JTA
A couple from Carmel, N.Y., surprised guests invited to a conversion ceremony with another simcha — their wedding.
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