Friday, September 4, 2015 Elul 20, 5775

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As the Muslim world, and now Iran, make increasingly hostile overtures toward Israel, it's hard to imagine that relations between Jews and Arabs were ever harmonious. But as biblical scholar Elsie Stern pointed out, during the pinnacle of Islamic power, Jews and Muslims often had a "really fertile" relationship -- one based on shared religious convictions and intellectual and cultural...
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Rabbi Mordechai ("Mordy") and Limor Friedman share a cozy office lined with Hebrew books inside Steinhardt Hall, home of Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania. You might think the space would be too close for comfort, but they said they're rarely in their office at the same time, and are so busy on campus that a good chunk of the...
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Ryan Teitman
The preschoolers in Robin Singer's Torah class on Fridays know that when they step into her classroom, they enter another world. Some days, it's the Garden of Eden, complete with construction-paper trees and green-streamer vines criss-crossing the room. Other days it's Noah's ark, and waves of bright-blue plastic "water" circle the room. But no matter the day, students seem to...
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Ryan Teitman
Does happiness come all wrapped up in an acceptance letter from that exclusive private university? Or does it come with a 4.0 grade-point average or perfect SAT scores? For some students, the attempt to achieve such lofty goals is what drives them -- and may eventually rule their lives. Consequently, young people are developing stress levels of the likes of...
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Back when she was a freshman during the 2003-04 season, Samantha Cramer got a chance to play alongside Memmie Lindemann, and loved watching the senior run the offense and provide the bulk of the scoring for the Akiba Hebrew Academy girl's basketball team. Lindemann went on to score the most points in school history. But once she graduated, the job...
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