A Happy Holiday

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Sukkot celebrates the joy of the late summer harvest and is often thought of as the Jewish Thanksgiving. However, at this holiday, where we eat is as meaningful as what we eat. Through the sukkahs we simulate the experience of the Exodus from Egypt. Traveling to the Promised Land for 40 years through the desert,… Read More

First, We Must Perfect Ourselves

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This magnificent three-week festival period — Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot — may be viewed and experienced in two dimensions simultaneously: the universalist, nationalist dimension and the particularistic, individual family dimension. Rosh Hashanah is the day on which the world was born, when the sigh-sob truah sound of the shofar cries out against the tragedies… Read More

‘Man Up!’

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After a 20-year-long battle with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and shame about being overweight, a fateful encounter with a large plate of chicken wings finally convinced fourth-generation Baltimorean Andrew Walen that he was suffering from an eating disorder. It happened one night that February 2004, when Walen, who was especially stressed, tired and irritable, joined… Read More

Still Going Strong at 90

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As it turns 90 next month, the Owings Mills-based Central Scholarship Bureau is celebrating the more than 7,000 underprivileged students statewide who have pursued higher education because of its largesse. Originally founded as a solely Jewish organization, today CSB distributes more than $1 million of financial aid annually, offering interest-free loans and scholarships of up… Read More

Ramapo Election Materials Nullified

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After impounding all election materials from a controversial referendum vote held in the heavily populated Jewish community of Ramapo, N.Y., last week because of a last minute lawsuit alleged potential election fraud, New York State Supreme Court Justice Margaret Garvey nullified the election materials Tuesday, ordering that a completely new election be held. Her court… Read More

Ice Cold But Red Hot

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Baltimore just got a lot cooler. The Snow Queen is coming to town. “Disney on Ice: Frozen,” an adaptation of  the highest-grossing animated movie of all time, will be at Royal Farms Arena from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2. Among those most excited to bring the Academy Award-winning retelling of the Hans Christian Anderson’s “The… Read More

A Life Wonderfully Lived

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Known for her many sayings, Ida Goldberg, who passed away Saturday, Sept. 27 at the age of 104, lived by the motto, “Old age is not for sissies.” Born in Sosnowiec, Poland on Dec. 12, 1909 to Aaron and Sophia Noonberg, her family left Eastern Europe for America when Ida was only 3 years old…. Read More

Men May Have Been Targeted for Religion

At least one man believes he and two others were targeted because of their religion in an incident that took place on Old Pimlico Road around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, the first day of Rosh Hashanah. Three males were walking in the 6800 block of Old Pimlico Road when a car pulled up… Read More

‘Jews, Jews, Jews’ and Proud of It

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Rosh Hashanah, indeed any Jewish holiday, is typically a peaceful time spent with family and at synagogue, a time to give thanks for the Almighty’s beneficence and enjoy the companionship of loved ones. But for three men walking on Old Pimlico Road last Thursday evening, peace and tranquility were relatively fleeting notions: They were fired… Read More

Shift in Power

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With the Republican Party pushing to retake control of the Senate in the upcoming November elections, a partisan shift in power may significantly affect a broad range of foreign policy and domestic social issues that are prioritized by American Jews. Midterm elections in the Senate and House of Representatives historically have been difficult for the… Read More