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“One Less Lonely Girl,” A Story

by Susan Segal   BAR/BAT MITZVAH D’VAR TORAH GUIDELINES. PLEASE FILL THIS FORM OUT IN FULL, AND YOUR SPEECH WILL PRACTICALLY WRITE ITSELF. NAME: Sadie Sutherland TORAH PORTION: Balak, Numbers 22:2–25:9 1. Remember to begin and end with the traditional greeting, “Shabbat Shalom.” Explain for your non-Jewish guests that it means “good or peaceful Sabbath.” Briefly summarize […]

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February 9: Reverse Transcription in Genetics

Howard Martin Temin, who shared the 1975 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering the reverse transcriptase — the enzyme that makes possible an interchange of information between RNA and DNA — died at 59 on this date in 1994. Temin was born in Philadelphia to progressive Jewish parents; for his bar mitsve, the family donated […]

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April 28: Muhammad Ali’s Grandson

Jacob Wertheimer, grandson of American boxing champion Muhammad Ali, became a bar mitsve on this date in 2012 at Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia. The young man is the son of Khaliah Ali, the champ’s daughter, and her husband Spencer Wertheimer. “I was born and raised as a Muslim,” the mother said. “But I’m not into […]

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A Stone’s Throw

A Short Story by Gene Grabiner HERE WE GO AGAIN… Nathan Solomon Goldstein arrived at Temple Beth‑Shalom in Crestwood by 4:10 PM, as he did every Wednesday. Hebrew School: Cantor Moskowitz would teach him what was forgotten in the move from the Bronx to Westches­ter, or left earlier in Poland, in Latvia, in Romania, in […]

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A Secular View of Bar Mitzva

by Hershl Harris Originally published in the June, 1964 issue of Jewish Currents ONE OF THE MANY ASPECTS of Jewish education on which secularists tend to disagree is the question of bar mitzva. To some, the very idea of a bar mitzva ceremony as part of secular Jewish education is a fatal compromise with religious […]

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