Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Elul 17, 5775
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A sign for Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid in Broomall recently touted more than just an advertisement for the shul: It was defaced with a swastika. Situated at the corner of Sproul and Paxon Hallow roads, the metal sign pointed in the direction of the shul about a quarter mile away. According to Marple Township police, the sign was defaced five...
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The conference room buzzed with a focused kind of chatter as dozens of rabbis and rabbinical students from the Philadelphia area and beyond discussed, analyzed and debated the talmudic passage at hand. Taken from a tractate of the Babylonian Talmud, this particular text raised an age-old question: Is it okay to tell a white lie in order to spare somebody's...
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A trolley zipped down West Philadelphia's Mantua Avenue Sunday morning, past dozens of vacant lots, cracked sidewalks and stately, yet somewhat faded, old row homes. Turning a corner, however, the trolley emerged at an entirely different scene: a giant mural splashed with electric blue and deep purple hues, painted into a collage of swirling butterflies, sunny dandelions and gently rolling...
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If Rabbi David Wolpe had his way, children would turn off their iPods and cell phones, and turn on to Judaism. "Every technological tool enforces isolation and a virtual community, which means not a real community," stated the Los Angeles-based author and educator, arguing that communal values are central to Jewish life. Speaking at the 20th-anniversary celebration for the Auerbach...
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Claiming that his reputation has been damaged and that his First Amendment rights were violated, a former art student at Penn State University is suing the institution over the cancellation of his painting exhibit, which depicted anti-Semitism, Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism in Palestinian society. Joshua Stulman, a 24-year-old native of Elkins Park, found himself at the center of controversy last...
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