Thursday, November 27, 2014 Kislev 5, 5775
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When Sen. Arlen Specter dropped his political bombshell Tuesday that he was switching parties, many longtime Jewish supporters who had seen an uphill battle ahead of them breathed a huge sigh of relief. "This is great news," said Gary Erlbaum, a longtime Specter supporter who backs candidates in both parties. "It would have been very difficult for him to win...
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With U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) trailing his erstwhile GOP primary opponent Pat Toomey in several recent polls and seemingly facing a difficult path to re-election in 2010, a number of longtime Jewish backers are vowing to stand by their man. They are actively raising funds for Specter, whom they hail as a stalwart supporter of Israel and one of...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
A quiz on the popular social-networking site Facebook asking "What Religion Are You?" contains results for Jews that could be labeled offensive and anti-Semitic. Respondents can fall into one of seven "faith" categories, including Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Atheist, Buddhist or Wiccan. The quiz contains seven multiple-choice questions, many of which have the option of anti-Semitic responses. For example, one question...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
WASHINGTON, D.C. — When the buses left around four in the morning, most people were only sure of two things -- that lines would be long, and it would be cold. Among the lines, the craziness, the crowds and the festive environment, the 56th presidential inauguration often felt like a trip to Disneyland -- only the theme park was the...
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Israeli criminologist Anat Berko, a slightly built mother of three who favors putting her knee-length hair into a ponytail, readily compares herself to the fictional character Clarice Starling, the FBI agent who memorably came face to face with sociopathic evil in the form of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. (Jodie Foster won an Oscar for portraying Starling in the film version of...
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