Sunday, May 24, 2015 Sivan 6, 5775
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Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
After a war with Hezbollah in Lebanon, unrest in Gaza and a political transition following former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's grave health issues, how is the Israeli economy doing? For Ron Dermer, economic minister for North America at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, the answer is quite clear: It's frankly better than ever. "How can Israel defy the laws of...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
While most Jews celebrated last Passover sitting at a familiar spot at their family tables, Yael Levin spent the holiday in a far more exotic locale -- with a group of Jews in Ahmedabad, India. She visited the area for three weeks as a volunteer from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, an organization that sponsors relief programs for Jews...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
According to the latest Rasmussen Reports' poll from Oct. 16, incumbent Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell holds a commanding 17-point lead over Republican challenger Lynn Swann, and things don't look to be improving for the former Steeler superstar. The Republican Governor's Association recently announced that it will be targeting six governor races with a get-out-the-vote effort; Pennsylvania didn't make the...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
Question: Does a Jewish wedding need to have a rabbi present? At Shir Ami-Bucks County Congregation in Newtown, students in an adult-education class puzzled over this question put to them by assistant Rabbi Yair Robinson. In fact, they seemed to be split down the middle in their responses as they debated the necessity for an officiant as the definitive element...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Some commentators argue that poverty, religious ideology or an education system skewed toward hatred are the root causes of terrorism. But Calvin Goldscheider -- a professor emeritus of sociology and Judaic studies at Brown University -- has focused his research on a completely different factor in the equation: demography. As people migrate over time, argued the professor, it leads to...
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