Tending The Spiritual Garden

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If you’ve ever planted a garden, you know that in just a couple of months after setting the tomato plants, you’ll be able — barring any unforeseen calamity — to enjoy the precious fruits of your labor. Planting a tree, though, requires much more work over a much longer time span. There’s the pruning and… Read More

Ariel Sharon dies at 85

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Ariel Sharon, former prime minister of Israel, a fierce warrior and military leader who was known as both the patron of Israel’s settlement drive and the man who uprooted those same settlements, died Saturday. He was 85 and had been in a coma since suffering a series of strokes in 2006. Sharon was known for… Read More

Israel’s Opposition Leader Holds Out Safety Net

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Since he became head of Israel’s Labor Party in November, Isaac Herzog has positioned himself as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s safety net. If Netanyahu comes home with a peace deal with the Palestinians and his right wing bolts, Herzog will likely come to the prime minister’s aid. And as the leader of Israel’s opposition, Herzog… Read More

Holocaust Survivors Teach Israeli Chefs

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When Itzik Yaacobi was a hungry teenager in the Auschwitz concentration camp, he used to dream about food he didn’t have — a pear, an apple, a watermelon — but he never dreamed that one day he would cook with a dean of Israeli chefs, in this case Shalom Kadosh. Yaacobi is sitting in Kadosh’s… Read More

Maryland’s State Sport Takes To The Holy Land

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Five teens — four boys and one girl — from Baltimore joined a select group of Jewish American lacrosse players for an international competition that took place late last month in Israel and Poland. Sponsored by the Israel Lacrosse Association, the U-19 [under 19] National program saw Lilly Pollak, Jordan Abel, Jake Gavilow and Max… Read More

Wave of Palestinian Attacks Evokes Intifada Debate

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An Israeli civilian contractor for the Ministry of Defense was killed by a sniper as he worked to repair a section of the country’s border fence along the Gaza strip damaged by last week’s storm. After the shooting, Israeli jets struck targets inside Gaza, reportedly wounding an 18-year-old man, according to Palestinian medical sources. As… Read More

Paying More For Energy

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On Dec. 13, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) ordered partial gas and electric distribution rate increases, as well as a surcharge to fund accelerated grid reliability. According to Regina L. Davis, a spokeswoman at the PSC, the commission’s order balanced various interests and obligations, including the need to set just and reasonable rates, ensure… Read More

Taking Initiative

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One of the core characteristics of being in the National Honor Society is service. Students frequently spend time tutoring other students as part of this commitment. One student at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School felt that his chapter was not doing enough. He took action. Junior Zach Azrael, vice president for service in BT’s… Read More

Pay Check

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A pay raise could be in the future for Maryland politicians. The General Assembly Compensation Committee and the Governor’s Salary Commission will recommend salary increases for the governor, lieutenant governor and state legislators when the General Assembly goes back into session Jan. 8. The General Assembly Compensation Commission will recommended that members of the Maryland House… Read More

Werdesheim Gets Convictions Stricken

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Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Pamela White struck the convictions on Tuesday, Dec. 17, of a former Shomrim member who was arrested in the beating of a teenager in November 2010. Eli Werdesheim, 26, was convicted last summer of wrongful imprisonment and assault in the beating of Corey Ausby, an African-American teenager who was 15 at… Read More