Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

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U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-District 6) has faced voters of his district three times since 2002 and has never cracked 51 percent of the vote, but that's still always been enough to ensure victory. Conventional wisdom suggests that 2006 -- a year in which the Democrats retook the house and ousted two Philadelphia-area GOP incumbents -- represented the best chance...
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As voters in 24 states -- though not Pennsylvania -- prepared to go to the polls on Super Tuesday earlier this week, election fever also gripped the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy. The entire student body was affected, from seniors about to cast their first real ballots to middle-schoolers yet to celebrate their Bar or Bat Mitzvahs. On Feb. 4,...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
While many recent college graduates seek the comfortable atmosphere and free food found at home, or shack up with a couple of roommates in an apartment, Steve Rubin chose a different path entirely. The 23-year-old from Bala Cynwyd instead traveled across the world to enlist, voluntarily, in the Israel Defense Force, serving a nation that seems to be at a...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
As the effects of global warming continue to spread throughout the world, Israeli scientists -- and one, in particular -- hope that ongoing research will keep agricultural crops growing despite the possibility of harsh conditions. "[Global warming] doesn't just mean higher temperatures," said Simon Barak, a molecular biologist at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. "It means unpredictable droughts, increasing salinization...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With any numbers of international events riveting U.S. attention -- the lingering war in Iraq, troops over in Afghanistan, the threat of global terrorism, and the rise of China and India as economic rivals -- a political-science professor at Villanova University posed a relevant question: Should people in the United States care about Latin America? Although many Latin American countries...
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