Thursday, August 27, 2015 Elul 12, 5775
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Erica Brown
Amid the summertime clutter of towels and beach umbrellas lies something darker and more painful on the Jewish calendar: The Three Weeks mourning period,which began July 19 with a fast. Also known by its name from the book of Lamentations, Bein Ha-mitzarim, between the straits or narrow places, the Three Weeks commemorate the ancient siege of Jerusalem and the subsequent...
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REFLECTIONS Nineteen years ago, the first time I saw U2 live at New York's Yankee Stadium, I stood in anticipation, practically quaking with excitement. Last week, as the summer light faded and nearly 70,000 people waited for the band to take the stage at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, I took full advantage of my assigned seat and hoped I'd be...
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By:
Benyamin Korn
Many reviews already have appeared of "The Undefeated," the soon-to-be-released documentary about Sarah Palin's tenure in Alaska. Yet none of them -- even in the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post or Politico.com -- mentions that nearly all the film's pro-Palin media talking heads are Jews. The dominant meme that Jews as a group are uncomfortable with Palin or her views...
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Galen Newman
When people ask me, "How was your trip to Israel?" I tell them it was the most amazing and life-changing 10 days of my life. Which is confusing for some people to hear, coming from a 26-year-old Philadelphia suburbanite. But it is the truth. The experience was all encompassing. We were 38 potential young Jewish leaders from Philadelphia, selected to...
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Steven A. Asher, Jewish Exponent Feature
If you make a left turn out of Hymie's Deli in Merion, and head about 25 yards west on Montgomery Avenue, you will come to a building marked "Philadelphia Community Kollel." If you walk inside, almost any hour of the day or night, you will find Jews, often in groups of two (chavrusa), studying Jewish law. The participants are not...
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