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BY Joshua Runyan
August 7, 2014

In chemistry, a solvent is a liquid capable of dissolving another substance. The resulting homogeneous mixture is known as a solution. In this regard, water is known as “the universal solvent” because of its unique ability to dissolve seemingly impermeable things. Jewish tradition teaches that the great Rabbi Akiva was even motivated to learn Torah CONTINUE »

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Local man invents product that claims to bring immediate relief to back pain sufferers
BY Simone Ellin
August 7, 2014

Akiva Shmidman has been a practicing physical therapist since 2003, first in New York and now for the past nine years in Baltimore. The 36-year-old Pikesville resident, who specializes in sports medicine, has seen his share of patients with lower back pain. The BeActive brace, a product Shmidman invented to help these patients, will soon CONTINUE »

Demonstration meets counter-demonstration at Penn Station
BY Heather Norris
August 1, 2014

When Raquel Minka heard about a rally taking place in downtown Baltimore protesting Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, she had to do something. “They’ve been having so many,” she said of the pro-Palestinian protest. “We also need a chance to speak up.” Minka took to Facebook to organize her own demonstration — one in support of CONTINUE »

BY Melissa Gerr
July 31, 2014

About a week ago, Rabbi Leonard Oberstein, director of the Teacher’s Institute at Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, received a call from Rabbi Yissocher Dov Eichenstein of Mercaz Torah and Tefillah regarding Eichenstein’s desire to “do something for our soldiers, specifically that they go into battle with the right safety gear.” As explained in CONTINUE »

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Cooperstown’s Jewish mayor, Hall of Fame chief greet baseball’s elite
BY Hillel Kuttler/JTA
July 31, 2014

For Jeff Idelson, the director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., induction weekend is all about teamwork. “When you get to signature events you’re in a small community, all the pieces have to come together effectively for it to be a grand slam,” Idelson said recently from his CONTINUE »