Thursday, August 28, 2014 Elul 2, 5774

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The Democratic presidential candidates debate at Drexel University may have represented the best opportunity for rivals to derail -- or, at least, slow down -- what appears to be the Hillary Clinton runaway express. Both U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards gave it a shot: taking their swipes at what they described as the...
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Does taking out a life-insurance policy hint at a lack of faith in God, and does it somehow betray the belief that God is both all-powerful and benevolent? Did Abraham's servant somehow violate Judaism's prohibition against sorcery or witchcraft when he asked for, and received, a kind of sign from God while he sought a wife for his boss's son,...
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Memories are sometimes all that remain of days -- and neighborhoods -- gone by, as the participants of a synagogue bus trip discovered firsthand last Sunday. The tour of former Jewish North Philadelphia sites gave the 45 people on board a chance to revisit the streets and structures where any number of Jews and their families once lived, worked and...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With synagogue leaders donning hard hats and children singing songs, a group of 150 gathered outside of Temple Brith Achim to celebrate the groundbreaking for a new addition to the shul. The Powell Center for Lifelong Learning will bring 6,300 square feet of much-needed new space to the King of Prussia synagogue; in addition, about 1,200 square feet of existing...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
Rabbi Jon Cutler thought his one tour of duty in the sweltering Persian Gulf would sum up his war-zone career. But 16 years after returning home from Operation Desert Storm, he will again be returning to the Middle East to serve as a Jewish chaplain. "I never thought I would go back again," said the 51-year-old commander with the Navy...
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