That time ‘Hamilton’ Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Sang in Hebrew

“Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda performs “To Life! (L’Chaim!)” from “Fiddler on the Roof” at his wedding in 2010. (Screenshot from YouTube)

Raise a glass! The 2016 Tony Award nominations were announced May 3, and the revolutionary Broadway megahit “Hamilton” collected the lion’s share, with a record-breaking total of 16. Creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda himself received three nods, for best original score, best book and best lead actor. This makes it official: Whether we’re talking about the 18th… Read More

Feel the Rhythm of the Flow of Flamenco

Yolit Yospe-Kachlon (Yolit Flamenco)

Yolit Yospe-Kachlon doesn’t just feel the emotions when flamenco musicians sing and play guitar. She dances them. “When you hear a flamenco song, you don’t have to understand the words to feel the emotions,” Yospe-Kachlon said, following a four-hour teaching and rehearsal stint at a Rockville, Md., dance studio last week. Israeli-born, Yospe-Kachlon grew up… Read More

‘Seinfeld’ Star Jason Alexander Talks Judaism, Show Biz

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It was the afternoon before the first seder and Jason Alexander had his plans figured out. The “Seinfeld” star, born Jay Scott Greenspan and best known for his role as George Costanza, isn’t particularly observant; neither is his friend who he was spending the first night of Pesach with. “We have the strangest evening coming… Read More

Top Medical Issues Facing Seniors Run Gamut

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The advent of humans living longer — sometimes into triple digits — has brought on a plethora of health problems that seniors must cope with. While some issues are remnants of past health choices, there are measures that seniors, and soon-to-be seniors, can take to mitigate future health concerns. Dr. Steven Gambert is a professor… Read More

Until 120: A Mixed Blessing?

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In Genesis 6:3, after creating people and watching them multiply, God promptly put a limit on humans’ lifespans, setting the maximum number of years at 120. If that’s the number we’re shooting for as a species, we haven’t quite reached our full potential yet. But would we want to? “Depressive disorders are much more common”… Read More

Changing Priorities as You Age

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Aging requires resiliency, creativity and adaptability, and it can lead to great self-discovery. Why are we sometimes surprised when someone in their 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s becomes more creative, starts a new meaningful relationship, offers sound advice or begins a new endeavor or interest? Since growing older is an inevitable part of life, why… Read More

With Passing of Its Namesake, Tina’s Antiques to Close Shop

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A staple of Reisterstown’s Main Street and one of many businesses that gave the historic district its “antique row” designation will soon close its doors following the passing of its owner. Tina’s Antiques is due to close at the end of April, but employees may extend the closing date to clear more merchandise out. The… Read More

How a United Community Can Still Work Miracles

Passover is a time for family, for tradition and for festive celebration. It’s also a time to fix a paradox. While we read the haggadah earlier this week, we reflected on our past travails and miraculous redemption as a Jewish people. But if we look only at the past we risk overlooking the incredible ways… Read More