Friday, January 30, 2015 Shevat 10, 5775

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Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
Jewish law is pretty clear on the matter of human remains: If you're a Kohen, you don't go anywhere near the deceased. If you're not a Kohen, then a visit to the cemetery is no problem. But exploring an ancient burial cave filled with skeletal remains -- just for the thrill of it? Not so kosher! Still, I couldn't resist...
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With donations down, what will happen to various groups, programs and services?
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Before the financial crisis hit, all signs pointed upward for Moving Traditions. The national organization -- founded four years ago and based in Jenkintown -- fosters Jewish identity through the lens of gender. It had expanded its signature program, "Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing!," far beyond its local roots, establishing groups throughout the country. And donors appeared willing to...
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You probably thinks this story's about you, you narcissist you!
By:
​Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
The release of Narcissism Epidemic , by psychologists Jean Twenge and W. Keith Campbell, has caused quite a collective stir nationwide. Traits defining narcissism -- otherwise known as excessive self-love -- include vanity, materialism, overconfidence and a lack of consideration for others. According to the authors, those traits have become pervasive in American society today, contributing to the current economic...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame chair Stephen Frishberg tells a story of recently bumping into a current member of the Philadelphia Phillies on the street. While making small talk, Frishberg said that the Phillies' general manager, Ruben Amaro Jr., was among this year's inductees. The player was surprised, according to Frishberg -- not because of the honor, but because...
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Chana Kroll, JE Feature
Perhaps the most moving moment of the recent Abrams Hebrew Academy eighth-grade trip to Israel came when the students visited Beit Halochem in Tel Aviv, a rehabilitation and recreation center for wounded soldiers and victims of terror. The young people were first shown what last year's eighth-grade class at Abrams had accomplished at the center. Thanks to a donation they...
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