‘The Greatness of Israel’

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More than 800,000 people (one-tenth of the population of Israel) attended Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s funeral earlier this week. Rabbi Yosef died Monday at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem of complications from multiple organ failure. He was 93. Since his passing, countless articles and statements by some of the world’s most important Jewish (and… Read More

Wonder Bread Goes Kosher

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Hostess Brands recently emerged from bankruptcy, which means Wonder Bread is back on the shelves. Remember Wonder Bread? It’s hard to forget the fluffy American sandwich staple of the 20th century. But now, it’s going kosher. The Orthodox Union recently announced that it’s certifying Wonder Bread products in regions of the U.S. If the product… Read More

‘Titan of Jewish Education’

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Displayed prominently at the entrance to the new Joseph Meyerhoff Collection — consisting of more than 70,000 volumes of Jewish history, education and religious practice —  is the visage of the titanic leader of the former Baltimore Heb-rew University: Dr. Louis L. Kaplan. His presence and his legacy loom over this extensive collection now housed… Read More

Union Of Faiths

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It has been a quarter-century since Christopher M. Leighton, executive director of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, set out to disarm religious hostility. “I didn’t realize there would be such job security in that field,” said Leighton with a slight chuckle. Talking with the JT just before the final program celebrating the ICJS’s… Read More

Study: Kosher Chicken May Have Higher E. Coli Risk

Kosher chicken might be less safe to consume than conventional poultry, a new study found. Researchers with Northern Arizona State University examined the occurrence of antibiotic-resistant E. coli on four types of raw chicken: conventional, organic, kosher and those raised without antibiotics, all purchased throughout the New York area from April 2012 to June 2012…. Read More

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, 93, Passes Away

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As tens of thousands prayed for the recovery of the former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Haim Ovadia Yosef, he passed away on Monday, October 7, 2013, at the age of 93, with his family and close colleagues, including several Shas leaders and President Shimon Peres at his side. Rabbi Haim Ovadia Yosef was… Read More

School Bus Flips Over on Greensping Avenue

A school bus en route to Pikesville Middle School with 10 students overturned Friday morning on Greenspring Avenue, according to Baltimore County Police. Five children and the bus driver, a woman, were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries, police said. The bus flipped in the 10800 block of Greenspring Avenue, near Hillside Drive in… Read More

Wanted: Jewish Eggs

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If you are a Jewish woman struggling with infertility, technological and medical advances have provided you with a lot of options in recent decades. But if you are looking to have a Jewish child, the road ahead may be a little bumpier than you think. Jewish egg donors are some of the most sought-after donors… Read More

Analysis: Our Time To Lead

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The J Street policy conference, “Our Time To Lead,” ran this year from Saturday night, Sept. 28 through Tuesday, Oct. 1. With 2,800 participants — 900 students — it was a sea of turquoise and a rush of chants, “Two states. Two states.” Sometimes more like a football game than a foreign policy conference, the… Read More

Out Of The Shadows

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Here one day, gone the next. That’s what it feels like when a loved one dies — especially when that person takes his or her own life. That’s the focus of “Here One Day,” a highly personal 2012 documentary by award-winning Jewish filmmaker Kathy Leichter. The film is about her mother, Nina Leichter, who jumped… Read More