Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774
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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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Growing up, Temple University junior Zack Groff saw how his mother's family, Jordanians of Palestinian Arab heritage, harbored a quiet resentment toward Israel. Perhaps because of this, Groff said, in college he jumped at almost any opportunity to learn about the Middle East. "I am interested in reconciliation and peacemaking, hoping to one day see these wounds of resentment heal,"...
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Just before academics at Temple University formally welcomed a visiting Israeli scholar last week, students crowded into the Hillel building to munch on samples from a brand-new kosher cafe. "Dude, habañero mustard!" Twenty-year-old Scott Rosnov waved a roast-beef sandwich toward a friend. "That's what I want!" Rosnov said he doesn't usually keep kosher, but "when the opportunity arises, I do,...
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After mounting pressure on the administration of Lincoln University to repudiate the views of a longtime literature professor who has called for the destruction of Israel and promoted Holocaust denial, the university issued a statement calling the professor's views "an insult to all decent people." The controversy surrounds Palistani-born Kaukab Siddique, a tenured professor at the state-funded, historically black college...
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Pennsylvania state legislators are pressing the administration of Lincoln University for more information on a literature professor who has called for the destruction of Israel and who, according to the lawmakers, has promoted denial of the Holocaust. The Pakistani-born Kaukab Siddique is a tenured professor at Lincoln, an historically black college in Chester County that receives state funding. Though some...
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