Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774

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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After 15 years of renting a building in Old City, Congregation Beth Ahavah will no longer have a space of its own, but instead will be housed at Congregation Rodeph Shalom's historic home on North Broad Street. Members insist that the upcoming move does not mean the end of a distinct community that serves gay and lesbian Jews. "This was...
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While 16-year-old Benjamin Lipsky walked with his family from Sukkot services to their home in Northeast Philadelphia, he was hit by a car, causing a massive head injury. The teenager died just hours later. "I feel like I lost my right arm," said his father, Mendel Lipsky, in a phone interview a few days after the Oct. 7 accident. The...
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Ryan Teitman
Before Sulaiman Khatib and Yonatan Shapira had even met, they were bitter enemies, at least in theory. One was a Palestinian activist and prisoner for 10 years in Israeli jails, the other an Israeli pilot who flew more than 100 missions in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. The two -- now members of a group called Combatants for Peace --...
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