Saturday, November 1, 2014 Heshvan 8, 5775
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To mark the 220th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution by its framers, Aharon Barak, recently retired president of the Supreme Court of Israel, outlined the role judges play in his country's democratic process -- one that's besieged by security concerns and lacks a written constitution to guide jurisprudence. "Every battle a country faces must be waged in...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Feature
With its groundbreaking just about two weeks away, the National Museum of American Jewish History has reached an impressive milestone: It's raised $100 million of the $150 million needed to construct a new 100,000-square-foot home on Independence Mall. Said George M. Ross, the museum's capital-campaign chairman: "It says a lot for this project to have raised" that much. "I've spoken...
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When Henri Parens was 12 years old, he escaped a French concentration camp by crawling across train tracks, running through a barren vineyard and hiding in a toilet stall overnight. The following year, he traveled to the United States by himself, where he lived with a host family in Pittsburgh. It was then, in 1942, that he learned that his...
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Throughout the ages, the Exodus from Egypt -- and God's revelation of the Torah at Mount Sinai -- has represented the paramount moment of the Jewish experience. Yet the nadir -- the deadliest in a line of calamities that have befallen the Jewish people -- is so much closer to the present day. The two disparate epochs -- the revelation...
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Ryan Teitman
Abram Shnaper was shipped among seven different concentration camps throughout World War II. After narrowly escaping death at the last of them, he said, the first significant thing he did once he was liberated was to sit down and write down everything that had happened to him. He had found an old, battered, salt-and-pepper notebook, which served this purpose perfectly...
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