A Celebration For The Ages

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Gina Barr thought she knew almost everything there was to know about Judaism. Then she decided to have a bat mitzvah. “Boy,” Barr says of the two-year process leading up to the ceremony, “Let me tell you, it’s an eye-opener.” Barr is one of a relatively small number of Jewish adults choosing to undergo b’nai… Read More

Turn, Turn, Turn

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The Fall Maryland Home and Garden Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, which ended last Sunday, featured more than 300 expert exhibitors, along with Cari Cucksey (star of HGTV’s “Cash and Cari”) and Gabe Vinas (expert pumpkin sculptor on the Food Network’s “Halloween Wars”). To help homeowners prepare for the changing seasons, exhibitors… Read More

Anne Neuberger Among Top 10 Orthodox Jews

 U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Nobel Laureate Robert Aumann are among ten individuals who have been named 2013 Orthodox Jewish All Stars by Jew in the City, the organization dedicated to re-branding Orthodox Jews and Judaism to the world through digital media. This year’s All Stars are an extremely accomplished and diverse group, and,… Read More

‘Highs in the Low Fifties’

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“I’ve always been the kind of person who sees the humor in something, and what these events — we won’t call them relationships —seemed to have in common, they had a strong ludicrous element,” said Marion Winik of her latest book, “Highs in the Low Fifties, how I stumbled through the joys of single living”… Read More

Palpitations: What Your Heart Is Trying to Tell You

The human body is a remarkable and complex machine. This miraculous machine is composed of numerous canals, cavities and apparatus that we call organ systems. Everyone receives this equipment free of charge, and it functions in a coordinated effort to move fluids, solids and electrical energy throughout our bodies for a very important purpose: to… Read More

Dancing With Chickens In 10 Easy Steps

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What’s Shabbat without chicken? What’s any day without chicken? With meat and fish prices soaring, chicken is still your best bet for nutritious and economical meals. But it’s easy to get stuck in a chicken rut. Here are some ways to shake up your routine and add new culinary steps to your chicken dance. If… Read More

Not Only for Art’s Sake

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Dr. Dean Kane spends his life making people’s lives, and the spaces in which they live and work, more lovely. As one of Baltimore’s leading plastic surgeons, Dr. Kane, 59, has been helping patients improve their appearances for more than a quarter-century. As an artist, he has added color, texture and beauty to their surroundings…. Read More

Sarbanes, The Jazz Musician

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Nico Sarbanes’ parents planted musical seeds early in his life, perhaps paving the way for him to become a jazz trumpeter. “Jazz was the first music I heard when I was growing up,” he said. “My parents were playing Sinatra and Tony Bennett for me when I was a kid.” Sarbanes, the son of Dina… Read More

What Is Love?

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We say “I love you” or “I love (fill in the blank)” so casually in our everyday lives that it becomes empty and insignificant. Many people say “I love pizza,” “I love brownies,” “I love working out (or maybe not),” “I love my car,” and recently I heard a teenager tell someone she had only… Read More

Enough

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On my daughter’s Twitter feed the Monday after the Navy Yard shooting: “Enough. #DCStrong.” I felt proud at her outrage and also sad because this is yet another in a long line of national violent tragedies our children have grown up knowing. Our children, who were babies, preschoolers during 9/11 — is this to be… Read More