Saturday, September 20, 2014 Elul 25, 5774

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Abigail Seldin -- a 20-year-old University of Pennsylvania senior who last month was named one of 32 American Rhodes Scholars -- has spent the past two years studying a people that has struggled to maintain its heritage and language, been forced to practice its rituals in secret, faced expulsion from its home and wrestled with its cultural identity in the...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
Growing up as the daughter of a German mother and a Polish father, Regina Weyer of Phoenixville said that she's probably more familiar with the Holocaust than many other Catholics. A first-generation American, she said that she thinks her upbringing has influenced her teaching on the subject to sixth-graders at St. Basil the Great School, a parochial school in Kimberton...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Sixty years ago, under the leadership of Zionist visionary and first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, Israel was going to be "the great Jewish melting pot," said scholar Fred Lazin. Today, however, the country is more of a mosaic, as differing ethnic groups fight to make their respective voices heard in the general cacophony that is the Jewish state. This was...
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Frank Rosci, JE Feature
As a way to increase their income, at a time of national economic crisis, a number of older people are selling their insurance policies that they no longer need or want. That's according to Paul Aguirre, president, Equity of Life, LLC, in Plymouth Meeting and Skippack, a company that focuses on life settlements -- either the sale or assignment of...
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New research has traced elevated levels of a specific compound in the brain to problem-solving deficits in patients with schizophrenia. The finding suggests that drugs used to suppress the compound, called kynurenic acid, might be an important supplement to antipsychotic medicines, as these adjuncts could be used to treat the disorder's most-resistant symptoms -- cognitive impairments. Though schizophrenia is commonly...
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