Analysis: A Closer Look At The P5+1-Iranian Agreement

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There wasn’t a news site by last Sunday morning void of a story about the historic deal — or “mistake,” as Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was calling it — which was signed between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom and France plus Germany) late last Saturday night. But,… Read More

Friedman ‘Starts Up’ With MIDC

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The Maryland/Israel Development Center has made a new hire. But you won’t see him too often at the MIDC office in the Department of Business and Economic Development in Baltimore City. That’s because his office is in Netanya, Israel. Ilan Friedman will now serve as the connector between Maryland and Israeli companies and the MIDC…. Read More

Protests At The Port

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As early as this winter, organizing demonstrations at Baltimore’s World Trade Center could get a lot easier. Delegate Sandy Rosenberg (D-41) is leading an effort to edit the Maryland Port Administration’s guidelines for protests and rallies at the iconic Inner Harbor building that he said could be up for review by the end of the… Read More

Tree Of Life

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Ever since the Pew Research Center survey on U.S. Jews was published, there have been countless dialogues and debates about how to stop what some have gone as far as to consider a crisis of the Jewish people. Headlines such as “Diving Into ‘The Melting Pot’ for Answers on Pew Survey,” “Jewish Identity Crisis Revealed… Read More

Iran, Major Powers Achieve Interim Deal On Nuclear Program

Iran and the major powers achieved an interim deal to freeze some nuclear activity in exchange for some sanctions relief. “We have reached an agreement,” Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister leading talks in Geneva, said on his Twitter feed early Sunday morning. According to a White House statement sent to reporters later in the… Read More

BCoPD Investigating Armed Robbery at Towson Town Center

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The Baltimore County Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at 4:04 p.m. Friday the Towson Town Center. Preliminary investigation shows that the victim was in the men’s bathroom, near the food court, when two male suspects displayed a knife and demanded his money and cell phone. The victim complied, and then chased… Read More

Rabbis Raised With Christmas

When Eric Woodward started rabbinical school at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, he assumed he would be the only student who grew up celebrating Christmas along with Chanukah. But midway through his training, when Woodward started a discussion group for students of interfaith families, more than 20 people showed up. Not all were children… Read More

Non-Jews In The Pews

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To an outsider, the battles might seem to be over trifles — in some cases, just a few feet. Where may a non-Jewish parent stand in the synagogue during his child’s bar mitzvah? Can a non-Jew open the holy ark? Should non-Jewish synagogue members have voting rights? Such questions have been pushed to the fore… Read More

Stretching One Day’s Provisions To Eight

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A beautiful thing about many Jewish laws is that they are open to interpretation. Evolving analysis helps transform a seemingly obsolete idea into a concept that is relevant and applicable to contemporary issues. Bal tashchit is one of those laws. Its original form commands to “not destroy with wanton abandon” (particularly geared to war time),… Read More

Officials, Community Members Talk Nonpublic School Money

Parents who send their children to private schools attended a meeting Tuesday night to discuss funding options. (Photo by Heather Norris)

State officials from across the Baltimore area didn’t hold back when they met with constituents Wednesday night at Talmudical Academy to discuss funding for parochial schools. “This is probably not happening this year,” said State Sen. Bobby Zirkin (D-11), noting, along with Del. Adrienne Jones (D-10), that the combination of budget constrictions and a big… Read More