Friday, April 29, 2016 Nisan 21, 5776

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On a recent summer day, Rabbi Shloime Isaacson received an urgent call: A 98-year-woman was having difficulty breathing. Isaacson was on his way to a meeting with a potential donor for a summer-camp program connected with his Northeast Philadelphia Orthodox shul, but he quickly took a detour. He was only about a mile from the woman's home, so he sped...
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Rachel Vigoda, JE Feature
Ilene Steinberg is gearing up for the day when her small waiting room is packed with squirmy, nervous kids anxiously awaiting their turn in the back room. That's where Steinberg and business partner Michele Barrack will tie back their hair, don their white lab coats and get to work killing the little buggers. The head lice, that is. Steinberg and...
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H.B. Forman, JE Feature
Budd Rockower was a major fan of Groucho Marx. When Rockower discovered that Marx bought shares of his clothing company, he sent him a necktie. In response, he received a letter from the famed comedian, dated Feb. 10, 1972: "Dear Budd. Thanks for the necktie. It is sensational. If the stock goes down, I'll hang myself with it. Sincerely, Groucho...
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A few minutes before gathering for morning prayers at the new Kohelet Yeshiva High School in Merion Station last week, a group of boys clustered near the gymnasium's half-court line, taking turns hurling a basketball toward the distant hoop. A few shots even touched the rim, although none went in. Dalia Kirzner, a sophomore on the girls basketball squad, marveled...
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Load up on supplies for a visit
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Phillip Danze, JE Feature
After our two-day sail south from Bluff in New Zealand, the low, grayish cloud that smothered the hilltops over Macquarie Island only added to its mystique. Midway between Australia and Antarctica -- and part of the Australian Commonwealth; Macquarie Island is more than 11,000 miles from Philadelphia -- this is one of the most remote places on the planet. Only...
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