Maryland, Israel Share Cyber Security Strengths

“In the cyber domain there are no sirens,” Prime Minister Netanyahu told Israel’s fourth annual international cyber security conference last month, according to the The Jerusalem Post. Case in point is “Operation Cleaver,” a suspected Iranian hacking cabal that has targeted 16 countries, including the U.S. and Israel for two years. U.S. security firm Cylance,… Read More

The ‘Israeli Example’

The release on Dec. 9 of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s interrogation of terror suspects showed that the agency’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” was both less effective and more brutal than originally claimed. With its details of waterboarding, sleep and sensory deprivation and other abuses, the 528-page report, redacted from… Read More

Reaching Across the Aisle

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What should we make of the Dec. 10 “partnership” announcement by Israel’s Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog and Tnuah Party’s Tzipi Livni? Is Herzog a shrewd pragmatist who is willing to share power in order to oust Benjamin Netanyahu from the prime minister’s office? Or is he a just another politician who in an attempt… Read More

Let the Light Shine

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Judging by the work of famous Baltimorean Edgar Allen Poe, the unknown realm that’s bordered between reality and imagination is indeed a frightening one. “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before,” his narrator says in “The Raven.” Indeed, in the language… Read More

Baltimore Bids Farewell to Iconic Shops
Morstein’s Jewelers, Tarlow Furs to close by end of year

Inside the 2,500-square foot shop that runs all the way back to Lovegrove Street, surrounded by racks of furs and antique furniture, sits David G. Tarlow, owner of Tarlow Furs Ltd., a Charles Street mainstay since 1939. At 84 years old and with a debilitating back problem that requires surgery, Tarlow can no longer keep… Read More

Farrakhan at MSU

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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan spoke at Morgan State University late last month, unsettling some in Baltimore’s Jewish community. Farrakhan, who gained notoriety in the 1950s as Louis X in the NOI movement, preaches self-sustainability and black empowerment, but his remarks on homosexuals, whites and Jews have made him the subject of criticism. “Farrakhan… Read More

From Russia With Love

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When she plays music, Janna Friedman says she enters “a different world,” and as a devoted teacher, she has invited hundreds of young music students to experience that world with her. Born into a musical family, Friedman began to play piano as a toddler; as a teen, she studied at a conservatory with world-class musicians… Read More

Best Friends

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Julie & Cory Oppenheimer First Date: December 2010 Wedding Date: Oct. 18, 2014 Venue: Windham Grand Hotel in Pittsburgh Residence: Federal Hill Favorite Activity: Going to Orioles games Three years after meeting through the online matching service JDate, Cory Oppenheimer proposed to Julie Cohen. After connecting online, they had agreed to meet in December 2010,… Read More

A Bad Bill for the Jewish State

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In what has largely been seen as a political move by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved a controversial bill that would declare Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people. Such legislation, coming at this time, is not in Israel’s best interests. Sunday’s vote was the result of heated negotiations… Read More

Obama Goes It Alone

President Barack Obama’s declaration that he will enact immigration reform by executive order has generated much comment, including near universal approval from Jewish groups. According to the administration and Democrats on Capitol Hill, the president made his move because the House of Representatives has refused to take up immigration reform, specifically the version of a… Read More