Sunday, December 4, 2016 Kislev 4, 5777

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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
Jews in Yiddish-speaking lands didn't cross borders; they stole them. Slipping across a country's boundaries was known as ganvenen dem grenetz/ stealing the border. Ganvenen has the same root as ganif , or "thief." It's an interesting linguistic window into how fraught with danger moving from place to place could be. We Jews have a long history of being treated...
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Working to Tread Lightly on the Earth
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
The Tu B'Shevat seder Elaine Cohen oversees at her synagogue is a tradition that goes back nearly 20 years. Between 15 and 30 people attend the annual event, and this year's meal, like others, will feature the traditional four cups of wine, as well as emphasize nuts and fruit -- products of the trees the meal celebrates. Seders like these...
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Representatives of Jewish federations from across the country are set to meet in Florida this weekend to weigh a potentially watershed proposal that could overhaul the system for disbursing hundreds of millions of dollars to charitable causes in Israel, the former Soviet Union and elsewhere. But officials at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia said that the result of what...
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Participants in an interfaith panel at St. Joseph's University expressed hope that Pope Benedict XVI's recent decision to lift the excommunication of four bishops associated with a breakaway sect -- including one who all but denied the Holocaust -- would not put a long-term strain on Catholic-Jewish relations. Yet each of the speakers also acknowledged that they had great uncertainty...
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For that 'Top of the World' feeling in Vancouver
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Lauren Kramer, JE Feature
I'm celebrating Tu B'Shevat -- long known as the festival of the trees, beginning this year on Feb. 9 -- in a tree house for grownups, spending the night in what looks like a large eyeball, suspended, spider-like, from old trees on Vancouver Island. In fact, they're called spheres -- the brainchild of Tom Chudleigh, an islander bent on creating...
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