Friday, November 28, 2014 Kislev 6, 5775
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The teacher grew up in a secular Jewish home in Liverpool, England, before embracing Jewish law and becoming an Orthodox rabbi. The student was raised in a Reform household in Connecticut, and disassociated himself from Judaism as a teen before toying with atheism and Buddhism. Now, he's trying to meld East and West, and is enrolled at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical...
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Terms like ratio analysis and comparative financial analysis may sound like gobbledygook -- at least to those who haven't studied business or statistics. But supporters of a new initiative to systematically analyze the financial health and practices of Philadelphia-area Jewish day schools hope that by employing such measures, the institutions can become more efficient and affordable. The $720,000 project is...
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Maia Silver read along as her teacher, miles away in a Lansdale home office, remotely highlighted each Hebrew word on her computer screen. " Ani lomedet bih beit sefer bih Cherry Hill ," the 14-year-old high school freshman said, filling in the end of the sentence with her hometown. " Yofi ," Ricky Markovitz's voice congratulated her through the computer...
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Two days before Thanksgiving, Northeast Philadelphia residents Arthur and Kate Hill got an early start with a lunch of turkey, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. They sat at a table full of friends, some they consider as close as family. "It's wonderful, at our age, to have a place where you know you are going to feel welcome," said Arthur...
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Yaacov Kravitz was just starting to delve into Jewish studies at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem when Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, one of the most distinguished scholars in the world, walked into the classroom with a stack of freshly published volumes of the Talmud that he'd recently translated from Aramaic to modern Hebrew. "We would be struggling looking at the text...
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