Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Sivan 9, 5775

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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
It's been a cool spring so far in New England. Of course, that hasn't stopped the azaleas and dogwoods from bursting forth in all their splendor. What a surprise, yet again, that the barren brown of winter can give forth to this riotous color. Though it follows the same pattern year after year after year, I'm still in a state...
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By:
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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By:
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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