Thursday, July 30, 2015 Av 14, 5775

By:
Rachel Mahan, JE Feature
With so much interest in running for good health, is it better to do so barefoot? Are there any improvements to be had by doffing shoes while on the track? "There's no question that you can run barefoot and be extremely healthy," says Daniel Lieberman, who studies the evolution of human anatomy at Harvard University. "Clearly, our feet evolved to...
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And it wasn't for good behavior: Battling materialism at the holidays
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​Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
We've all heard it before -- the "Mom-I-really-need-this" plea from our children. What exactly "this" is varies with age and influence, and sometimes, it really is a legitimate need. Yet more often than not, it's something that will occupy them briefly before being discarded in favor of a newer, more urgently coveted item. Materialism has become the scourge of American...
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Daphna Berman, JE Feature
Randee Tecklin attended each of the christening ceremonies for her three grandchildren and has since watched as they've celebrated Christmas and Easter year in and year out. This Friday, she's taking them to a Chanukah party, but navigating the holidays with family -- her daughter-in-law isn't Jewish -- has always been fraught with difficulty. "It's a thin-ice experience," says Tecklin,...
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Elyse Glickman, JE Feature
When many Jews think of the Gold Rush, one thing that often comes to mind is Levi Strauss and his watershed invention -- blue jeans. While his fortune is forever associated with San Francisco, it is important to note there were other Jews who traveled west to find gold, but ended up prospering in other ways. Back in 1978, the...
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By:
Frank Rosci, JE Feature
Recent dramatic downturns in today's economy have forced and inspired growing numbers of people to rethink the way that they make a living. Take, for example, Eric Weinstein, 35, a teacher of autistic children at Smedley Elementary School in Northeast Philadelphia, where the Penn State grad with a master's in elementary and special education from Holy Family College has his...
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