Friday, November 28, 2014 Kislev 6, 5775
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As a biblical scholar, Ellen Frankel sees the Torah as a sacred, absolute text. But when it comes to issues of gender, Frankel -- the author of a women's commentary on the Torah, among other books -- feels that the work of God could stand for a little revision. As the editor-in-chief of the Jewish Publication Society explained it, "I...
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As an incoming freshman lawmaker, Senator-elect Bob Casey never expected to land a spot on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. But the Democrat from Scranton noted that the surprise appointment will afford him a unique opportunity to be part of the debate on forging a new Iraq strategy. The outgoing State Treasurer added that as a committee member, he'll...
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Arnold Soslow wasn't amused when he read an editorial cartoon in a recent edition of the Northeast Times . In fact, Soslow, 68, of Northeast Philadelphia, said he was appalled. "To me, it was anti-Semitic," said Soslow, calling the cartoonist's spoof of the recent Seattle Christmas tree debacle "offensive and inaccurate." He added, "That just hit home a little bit."...
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At Akiba Hebrew Academy, science department head Rhonda August instituted a new lab project as part of the school's chemistry classes to take advantage of the recent Chanukah holiday -- mixing different substances with flames to study their properties. "How can you relate Chanukah to the sciences?" posed August, who is in her 31st year at Akiba. "Work with chemistry...
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Among the treasure trove of historical papers that adorns the walls of the Raab Collection's new Center City office are: a letter from King George IV to Czar Alexander I; another from General George Washington to one of his spies; and the executive order signed by President William McKinley appointing Jacob Trieber to the federal bench, the first Jew to...
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