Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774

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Throughout his presidential run, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has tried -- and, to a large extent, has succeeded -- at casting himself as a "post-racial" candidate, one who appeals to broad swaths of the electorate and defies the normal rules of identity politics. But, over the past week, that effort -- and perhaps even Obama's presidential aspirations -- have...
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Though the Passover seder may be the religious rite that's most familiar to the majority of Jews, a University of Pennsylvania professor recently posited that these same individuals may, in fact, be unaware or misinformed about the origins of the assorted rituals they recite year in and year out. Dr. Jeffrey H. Tigay told an overflow crowd gathered on a...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With the Iraq war a key issue in the upcoming presidential election, a four-star general told a local audience last week that whoever wins the race will have "to think long and hard" about the future of Iraqi society before deciding to pull U.S. troops from the region completely. Now that America has become deeply involved in the fate of...
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A year ago, an alternative spring-break trip afforded University of Pennsylvania student Sam Adelsberg the opportunity to witness firsthand the many, still-difficult, even grim realities of life in post-Katrina New Orleans, an experience that both haunted him and fermented a desire to return to the Crescent City and do more. At the same time, the Brooklyn-born Modern Orthodox student had...
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Michelle Mostovy-Eisenberg, JE Feature
It's a truism that countless wars have been fought over religion. But still, it has always troubled thinkers and the faithful that something by nature so peaceful and spiritual should so frequently result in stirring up murderous passions. One way to overcome this, according to a diverse scholarly panel, is to develop a deeper understanding of and respect for other...
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