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Associated sends group to post-war Israel
BY Heather Norris
September 29, 2014

When the 15 Baltimoreans who attended a mission to Israel last week initially signed up for the trip, they had no idea what they were getting themselves into. “It seemed like the right thing to do,” said Ira Malis, who, along with the rest of his fellow travelers, signed up for The Day After mission CONTINUE »

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Certain medical conditions require people to avoid fasting, doctors and rabbis say
BY Marc Shapiro
September 29, 2014

Each sect of Judaism has its own way of observing the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, but there is at least one custom observed across the board: fasting. As members of the Baltimore Jewish community spend the day in synagogue with empty stomachs beginning the night of Oct. 3, some observing the holiday won’t CONTINUE »

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Popular comedian comes to Baltimore
BY Allie Freedman
September 29, 2014

“Yeah! That’s the ticket!” Former “Saturday Night Live” star and Emmy-nominated actor Jon Lovitz is coming to Baltimore for two nights only. Headlining at the Baltimore Comedy Factory for four performances on Friday and Saturday, Lovitz says he’s prepared his best material for the Baltimore crowd. “I’m lucky because I’ve gotten to see the whole CONTINUE »

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More Jewish coaches in all areas of sports
BY Jim Williams
September 29, 2014

When you look at the history of Jews in sports, there were a number of outstanding coaches and managers who also were outstanding teachers and mentors. A couple of Hall of Fame examples who come to mind are  Arnold “Red” Auerbach, a graduate of George Washington University who won nine NBA championships as the head CONTINUE »

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Taking snuff on Yom Kippur helps fulfill Talmudic directive
BY Melissa Gerr
September 29, 2014

Based on a verse in the Book of Deuteronomy, the Talmud declares that a Jew should recite 100 blessings a day to adhere to God’s ways and to serve Him. Fortunately, reciting the blessings for prayer and meals, each three times a day, easily achieves the required number. But it becomes a challenge if meals CONTINUE »