Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774
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Maybe you learned about it in Hebrew school, or maybe you have a family member who's a survivor -- or a relative who didn't make it out of Europe -- but if you're Jewish, chances are good that you know of the Shoah. But what about non-Jews? How do they come to understand -- and possibly to empathize with --...
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Ryan Teitman
The students stood in two concentric circles -- one facing out, one facing in. Each person in each pair had only 30 seconds to speak. Their partners had to remain in complete silence. The prompts started out simply enough: Talk about spring-break plans, your most embarrassing memories. The responses to these topics drew on the normal bustle of teen lives...
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Ryan Teitman
The quest for religious truth, explained New York University professor Lawrence H. Schiffman, goes on in all sorts of different ways throughout American culture, but in recent times, it has moved beyond religious texts, tradition and family life. The public fascination with the "Gospel of Judas," the supposed tomb of Jesus and even a work of pure fiction like The...
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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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As any college senior will tell you, when graduation starts to loom on the horizon, things can get pretty tense. The impending transition forces students to consider the central question of their young lives at this point: How can I land a job? In order to facilitate their search, local Jewish mentoring projects -- like those run by Hillel of...
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