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    Universality of the hamsa
    in Feature, Lifestyle

    By Rachel Moreh
    April 26, 2015

    In today’s world, we are engulfed by symbols that hold significant meaning, and some that are connected to beliefs and traditions that date back to thousands of years. The Hamsa, better known as “the hand,” serves as a universal symbol among many religions and cultures. It wasn’t until I was in Turkey last summer and…

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    Taste of Torah: Rich man, poor man
    in Rabbi's Corner

    By Ha'Am Contributor
    April 24, 2015

    Written by Akiva Nemetsky In the second of this week’s two Torah portions, Parashat Metzorah, we begin by reading about the purification process a metzorah (someone who is punished for speaking lashon ha’ra, denigrating speech) must undergo before being allowed to reintegrate with society. (The punishment is a skin affliction called tzaraat and the person…

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    Sorrow to festivities: the abrupt transition betwe ...
    in Israel

    By Soof Hacohen
    April 23, 2015

    On Wednesday morning, the citizens of Israel woke up, drank their morning coffee, put on white shirts, and glanced at the candles their mothers, wives, or they themselves lit the night before. Perhaps the picture of the young soldier or the innocent child delicately placed behind the candle drew a small tear from their eyes…

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    From proxy to president: concerns about USAC Presi ...
    in Campus Life, Opinion

    By Noah Wallace
    April 22, 2015

    Photo courtesy of Austin Yu / Daily Bruin Senior Staff ____________________________________________________ Ha’Am, as well as many major national media outlets, have discussed ad nauseam the anti-Semitic comments and/or troubling voting record of USAC council members Fabienne Roth, Negeen Sadeghi-Movahed, Sofia Moreno Haq and Manjot Singh in the Rachel Beyda appointment fiasco. For those living under…

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    Yom HaShoah with the Holocaust survivors
    in Feature, Jewish Society, Latest Articles

    By Jasmin Hiekali
    April 21, 2015

    April marks the seventy year anniversary of the allied liberation of Jews and many other peoples from concentration camps all over Europe. During the Holocaust, German Nazis killed approximately twelve million people, six million of whom were Jews and one and a half million of whom were children. With time distancing the present from the…