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An Orthodox Jew stands near 
the burial plots for seven children from the Sassoon family before their burial in Jerusalem on March 23. The seven children died early on Saturday when flames ripped through their Brooklyn home in one of New York City’s deadliest fires in years, officials said. Police identified the children who died as Yaakob Sassoon, 5, Sara, 6, Moshe, 8, Yeshua, 10, Rivkah, 11, David, 12, and Eliane, 16. (BAZ RATNER/REUTERS/Newscom)

Children ‘Had Faces of Angels’

The Brooklyn father who lost seven of his eight children in a home fire called his kids “a sacrifice” to the community. Gabriel Sassoon sobbed as he tried to recite the names of his late children during a eulogy Sunday at a Jewish funeral home in the heavily Orthodox Borough Park section of Brooklyn, the… Read More

Matt Loory joined the circus in 2013. (Provided)

Seder on the Circus Train

Many young children dream of running away to join the circus, but few grow up to spend their days crisscrossing the United States on tour with the Greatest Show on Earth. As head chef and pie car manager of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus blue unit, Matthew Loory spends 48 weeks of… Read More

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Making Sense of Unspeakable Tragedy

The Jewish world united in grief this week, shocked at the inexplicable tragedy that claimed seven children in Brooklyn, N.Y. Like many parents here in Baltimore and beyond, my heart reached out to Gabriel Sassoon, the father who had spent Shabbat at a religious conference and was thus saved, his wife Gayle and their 15-year-old… Read More

Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards are two Democrats battling for 
Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s seat.

Vastly Different Candidates

As politicians throughout the state contemplate the wisdom of mounting a bare-knuckle Senate campaign, only Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards have officially declared their candidacies for the seat being vacated by outgoing Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski. But while both are longtime Democrats, they could not be more different in how they are perceived… Read More

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New Haggadahs Hit Market

Canadian Haggadah Canadienne Five years ago, an American rabbi and a Quebec separatist sat together in Ottawa and related their convoluted, multi-lingual Seder experiences. Wouldn’t it be great, they thought, to have a single haggadah that could serve all of their needs? From that moment, Rabbi Adam Scheier, senior rabbi of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, and… Read More

The Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company is seeking state funding for renovations to their current building. (File photo)

Requesting to Grow

Amid a push for the closure of some Baltimore County volunteer fire departments, the Pikeville Volunteer Fire Company is trying to grow. The department has requested $500,000 in state funding — more than requested by any other volunteer fire company in the state in fiscal year 2016 — to help it improve its current facilities,… Read More