Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Av 19, 5775
By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
It took Maxine Chalker nearly 40 years to muster up the courage to face her past. Even then, finding her biological family wasn't so easy: It required tracking down the judge who approved her adoption, writing to dozens of churches in Philadelphia, and waiting for months to get answers. The investigation paid off. Chalker, who was born Christian, but adopted...
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By:
Jared Shelly, Jewish Exponent Feature
The July 2005 terrorist bombing of three trains and a bus in London was the product of years and years of radical Islamists using the capital of England -- not the Middle East -- as a breeding ground for terror, according to British journalist Melanie Phillips. "The 7/7 bombers were boys from middle-class backgrounds who went to ordinary schools, went...
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
In a rural Ugandan outpost, black women bake challah over a charcoal stove. The men, most of whom are subsistence farmers, have names like Jacob, Isaiah or Solomon. There is no electricity here, but five synagogues dot the surrounding hills, drawing crowds of kepah-toting locals on Shabbat. Though scenes like these, as described by Philadelphia photojournalist Jay Sand, read like...
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THE INCUMBENT What are the differences between you and your opponent when it comes to Israel and American policy in the Middle East? I think there's a huge gap in the depth of understanding in all of the issues around the region. Casey doesn't understand the issues, he doesn't understand the interrelationship between the different forces in the Middle East...
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By:
Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
For many Jews, secularism is a threat to Jewish continuity, a force that will drive religiosity from Jewish culture and peoplehood. But, according to University of Pennsylvania professor Marion Kant, who teaches a course on the subject with her husband and fellow Penn professor, Jonathan Steinberg, such formulations are overly simplistic. As the scholars demonstrate in their course, Jewish secularism...
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