Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774

By:
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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By:
Ryan Teitman, JE Staff
Question: Does a Jewish wedding need to have a rabbi present? At Shir Ami-Bucks County Congregation in Newtown, students in an adult-education class puzzled over this question put to them by assistant Rabbi Yair Robinson. In fact, they seemed to be split down the middle in their responses as they debated the necessity for an officiant as the definitive element...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
When Pfc. Richard J. Schmidt Jr.'s flight landed in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago, it marked the end of a four-day journey that took the U.S. army soldier from Afghanistan to Kuwait to Germany to Atlanta, and finally, to Philadelphia. After meeting his family at the airport, Schmidt insisted they take him for one last stop before officially starting...
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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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