Thursday, May 5, 2016 Nisan 27, 5776
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Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
During High Holiday services last week, my rabbi raised an issue that, in recent months, has been weighing quite heavily on me. While delivering his last High Holiday sermons before his retirement after 19 years at my synagogue, he spoke about the temple's openness to outsiders, particularly interfaith couples. My temple, founded in 1839, is quite Reform -- sometimes, it...
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Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
Sitting at "The Matchmaker's" dining-room table, I began filling out the forms she said she'd give to her private investigator to complete my background check. From where I sat, I could see into her bedroom, where her bed was still unmade. It seemed incongruous that a businesswoman who's so clearly focused on appearances would not only have a guy totally...
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Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
As Pearl Jam's "Better Man" played in the background on the easy listening station, the doctor poked around an area on my body where other men shouldn't be. He grabbed hold, told me to cough, then cough again. At least the incongruous choice of Pearl Jam distracted me from his cold, latex-gloved hands. I'm lost as to when Seattle's '90s...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Last Wednesday evening, Jews between the ages of 21 and 40 met and mingled at the Gershman Y during an event billed as a "Taste of the New Year." Co-sponsored by several local groups, the program combined kosher wine tastings -- served by young congregants from Center City synagogues -- and a getting-to-know-you opportunity just in time for the upcoming...
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By:
Roy S. Gutterman, JE Feature
Just a few weeks ago, the American Dialect Society named "subprime" the word of the year for 2007. The year before, it was "plutoed," and before, that it was "truthiness." Each year, scholars, linguists and lexicographers decide which new words should be formally entered into our dictionaries, or at least what words should be deigned mainstream enough to have formal...
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