Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774

Are hurricanes an indication of the Almighty's displeasure?
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According to most accounts of the last days of the Jewish settlements in Gaza, there were a considerable number among those waiting to be tossed out of their homes who thought some form of divine intervention would save them. That makes sense, since there is no other way to explain why so many of them really thought that the disengagement...
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Offbeat musings on arts, culture and Philadelphians
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Now at Bat … You may have read elsewhere that Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld’s baby boy, born on Aug. 22, was named Shepherd. But, TLW got the real inside scoop. His name is Seven. Just Keep on Walken! An online claim and special Web site to the contrary, Christopher Walken is not running for the presidency of the United States...
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Columnist Susan Estrich writes in the St. Petersburg Times ( www.sptimes.com ) on Aug. 24 that the media's embrace of Iraq-war protester Cindy Sheehan ought to worry Jews: "Did an ABC staffer insert the following lines in an e-mail sent by celebrity antiwar mother Cindy Sheehan? " 'Am I emotional? Yes, my firstborn was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he...
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An odd article appeared recently, titled "The Book." It wasn't badly written or muddled; in fact, author Patrick Symmes crafted it smoothly and made it compelling to the end. The odd thing was where it was published, the subject matter and, in a lesser sense, that Symmes had written it at all. Here's how the piece was summed up on...
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Leonard Fein
"All the wellsprings of the great deep burst and the casements of the heavens were opened" (Genesis: 7:11). But in New Orleans, the order was reversed: First, it was the casements of the heavens that were opened, and only then did the wellsprings of the great deep burst. "A flood of biblical proportions," many people called the surging waters of...
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