Arts & Life

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Fundraiser will help fund Israel’s needy
BY Marc Shapiro
December 19, 2013

When Meir Panim held its “American Idol”-style “Voices” contests last year, organizers unintentionally excluded part of the Jewish community. “We realized that observant girls were not a part of the event, and it wasn’t really an oversight as much as a lack of understanding as to the laws,” said Leslie Goldberg, Maryland regional director for CONTINUE »

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Making laws, improving lives and working to create a cultural shift
BY Melissa Gerr
December 12, 2013

Halacha (Jewish law), just like the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, states the right for citizens to own weapons for use in self-protection and to maintain public safety. In the case of Jewish law, however, it also mandates safe and responsible use with regard to ownership for the public good. “Safe and responsible” CONTINUE »

December 12, 2013

The psychological thriller “Vertigo” is considered an Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece, filled with suspense and intrigue. In that classic film, life starts to unravel for a police officer who develops vertigo, a feeling of debilitating dizziness, after a terrifying incident. The movie is fiction, but the condition of vertigo is very real for about 70 million CONTINUE »

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Ashkenazi genes key to genetics study
BY Eric Hal Schwartz
December 12, 2013

A new study on the genetics behind schizophrenia and bipolar disorder has found that a tiny genetic difference can increase the risk of being afflicted with the diseases, a difference only found thanks to the unique genetics of Ashkenazi Jews. “I’ve always known we have a unique demographic history,” said study team leader Dr. Todd CONTINUE »

BY Ilene Spector
December 12, 2013

The iconic Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest keeps going strong. I attended this year’s event at the stunning new Aria Hotel in Las Vegas. This truly American competition started in 1949: No-knead water-rising twists (a nut sweet roll raised under water) won the grand prize, and Eleanor Roosevelt attended as a guest. The contest keeps evolving to CONTINUE »