Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Elul 29, 5774
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The failure of peace to materialize and the omnipresent threat of war -- and worse -- has had a profoundly negative impact on the Israeli national consciousness, prompting many citizens of the Jewish state to "shrink into themselves," shunning both public life and discourse, according to a noted Israeli novelist and short-story writer. Orly Castel-Bloom, who was born in Tel...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
Four years ago, Kelly Galfand couldn't take her kids to synagogue on Shabbat. That's because doing so would render Galfand, an observant Jew in Lower Merion, at odds with Jewish law. Halachah prescribes that only Jews living within a certain designated zone -- called an eruv -- can perform certain tasks on Shabbat. For those living outside the zone, activities...
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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
According to Neil Lazarus, a British Jew who now lives in Israel, the fight to preserve the Jewish state is not just ideological or political. It's also a linguistic shouting match. As an advocate for Israel, Lazarus wants to provide the weapons -- in this case, words -- to help crush Israel's enemies. "I'm going to be perfectly honest," Lazarus...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
Judy Meisel told her story to a room filled with Catholic school teachers: She spoke of how she was taken from her native Lithuania to the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland; how she managed to escape a death march after Allied aircraft mistakenly bombed them; and how she finally fled to Denmark, where a couple nursed her back to health...
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Geoffrey W. Melada, JE Feature
PITTSBURGH Lynn Swann is a man who hasn't grown accustomed to losing. The 54-year-old from Sewickley Heights, just north of Pittsburgh, was a star football player for the University of Southern California who made it to two Rose Bowls. After being drafted by the Steelers in 1974, Swann went on to earn four Super Bowl rings with the team in...
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