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Shofar makers explain the delicate process of turning rough animal horns into ceremonial instruments
BY Marc Shapiro
August 29, 2013

The sound of the shofar is unmistakable — its loud, triumphant blasts can be heard throughout Rosh Hashanah services and during Yom Kippur when the fast is over. But that hollow, smooth, shimmering, resonant horn heard in synagogue took meticulous handiwork to transform from the crude horn of an animal to a majestic shofar. “They’re CONTINUE »

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Songs for the High Holidays
BY Binyamin Kagedan
August 29, 2013

In time for the 2013 High Holiday season, here is a list of the Top 5 popular songs to put you in the mood for introspection, repentance and renewal — and a few just to make you smile: 1. “Who By Fire” (Leonard Cohen) The consummate coffeehouse theologian lands in the No. 1 spot on CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
August 29, 2013

Some charges against a Baltimore woman who is accused of harassing and attacking a young Pikesville couple were dropped in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Aug. 28. Stephanie Kamlot has two other cases pending against her in roughly two years of incidents. She is alleged to have placed razor blades under Pikesville resident Leah Efron’s CONTINUE »

August 28, 2013

Israel ordered a small-scale mobilization of reservists on Wednesday and strengthened its missile defenses as precautions against possible Syrian attack should Western powers carry out threatened strikes on Syria. But an Israeli official briefed on a meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet said the Jewish state believed the probability of it be targeted CONTINUE »

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While members of the Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah are practicing Jews, they don’t practice religion
BY Simone Ellin
August 22, 2013

Elise Saltzberg is a fourth-generation Secular Jew with a capital S. “A secular Jew with a small s is often translated to mean unaffiliated and uninvolved,” explained Saltzberg, 56, of Pikesville, a founding member of the Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah, a Secular Humanistic congregation founded by Rabbi Judith Seid about 15 years ago. “Growing up, CONTINUE »