Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774

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Rachel Silverman, JE Staff
If Hannah Arendt -- the great German-born political philosopher -- were alive today, she would be disappointed in U.S. policies and feel alienated from American culture, stated her biographer, friend and former student Elisabeth Young-Bruehl. Speaking at the University of Pennsylvania, Young-Bruehl likened the United States to the totalitarian regimes that Arendt spent so much time describing. In what is...
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Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
Jacob Johns spent the early part of his adulthood moving from job to job, with no real prospects for the future in sight. From factory to restaurant work, he had nothing stable to hang his hat on. "Nothing with a pension," he said. "Nothing with any future. Nothing I could call a career." He had a young family to support,...
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Roberta Ginsburg doesn't like divisiveness, nor will she tolerate complacency. That's why Ginsburg, 59, an East Falls resident, spends her free time coaching ex-criminal offenders and spearheading community-development initiatives. That's also why starting DNA Connect, a clearinghouse for genetic testing, was the perfect outgrowth of her interests. The company -- founded by Ginsburg in 2001 -- offers DNA tests for...
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Tears of joy, mixed with frustration, are all part of the aliyah experience
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Joshua Runyan, JE Staff
JERUSALEM Last week, it rained. Okay, so coming from Philadelphia, I know that the fact that the skies opened up -- a drizzle, really, at best -- on a mid-October night is no big deal. But everything is different here, from opening a bank account to taking delivery of appliances. The same is true of the weather. In a country...
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In a state where illegal immigrants are estimated to number between 125,000 to 175,000 out of a total population of more than 12 million -- and at a time when the war in Iraq reigns as the foremost political issue of the day -- it remains to be seen to what extent the national debate over immigration reform, and both...
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