Monday, August 31, 2015 Elul 16, 5775

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In the early 1970s, Daniel Zucker, fresh out of college, thought he had found his life's passion in archaeology. The California native was helping to excavate Ein Gedi, an ancient site on the shores of the Dead Sea and loving every minute of it. But then he became aware of a problem; none of his married supervisors ever seemed to...
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Meredith E. Friedman
REFLECTIONS By Meredith E. Friedman To me, Rosh Hashanah has always been a holiday about hope -- hope for a sweet new year. When my water broke during a Rosh Hashanah luncheon, hope and excitement filled the air. Jonah would be the first grandchild on my family's side and, for my in-laws, their only son's first son. No one knew,...
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Nearly 20 years after leaving his job in the government affairs office of the American Jewish Committee to start rabbinical school, Rabbi Mark Robbins is returning to the organization to head up its Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey regional office. Seating a rabbi at the helm marks a major change for the local AJC office. For decades, the local office was headed...
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By now, the whole world knows the name and face of Joshua Fattal, the 29-year-old Elkins Park native who spent 26 months in an Iranian prison before being reunited with his family last week in Oman and arriving back on U.S. soil on Sunday. But one aspect of the story that has largely gone unreported is the fact that Fattal...
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Don't let Maimonides catch you napping on Rosh Hashanah. His famous quote, "Awake, awake, you slumberers from your sleep, inspect your actions and return" -- usually found in the High Holiday prayerbook before the sounding of the shofar -- is meant as the ultimate shluf alarm, his righteous tap on your shoulder. But what if, while sitting in services one...
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