Horror in Har Nof

Israeli police and rescue workers remove the body of one of the four victims. One witness said, “This is one of the most shocking scenes ... people just bled out.” (Photos Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Robin Kahn and her husband, Simon, have lived in the Jerusalem suburban neighborhood of Har Nof for more than 22 years. This past Tuesday, their morning began like any other with Simon leaving at 7 o’clock for early morning prayer services at his synagogue. Normalcy ended soon thereafter. “He called me, which is strange because… Read More

Commission Passes Marijuana Regulations

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The state of Maryland is one step closer to implementing a medical cannabis program, but some estimate that patients won’t be able to legally acquire the medicine until mid-2016 at the earliest. The Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission unanimously adopted its proposed regulations at a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 13. The regulations, which run… Read More

Gansler Looks Ahead

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On June 25, calls started pouring in to Doug Gansler’s office with job offers. Maryland’s attorney general didn’t need to use a head hunter to get about 60 propositions, which came from firms of all sizes, from small practices to multinational firms with thousands of lawyers. After losing the Democratic gubernatorial primary to Lt. Gov…. Read More

New Life for Old Jewish Landmark

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Baltimore historic preservationists and those hoping to improve the lives of some of the city’s poorest residents were pleased by the recent news that the Hebrew Orphan Asylum building in West Baltimore would soon be refurbished and put to good use. The building, believed to be the oldest existing Jewish orphanage in the country, was… Read More

Biden Pledges Continued Support for Israel

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Among the many personal connections Vice President Joe Biden has made in the Jewish community, he holds that of Elie Wiesel close to his heart. The Holocaust survivor, author, activist and professor said something that has stuck with Biden for a long time. “Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented,” Wiesel told Biden, who recalled… Read More

Can We Rise Above the Muck?

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So much has been written since last week’s revelation that an unnamed Obama administration official used a barnyard epithet to impugn the reputation and political ability of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that I will not add my own denunciation — however justified it might be — to the thousands of words already out there… Read More

A Stage Legend’s Final Bow

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The name Vivienne Shub has been synonymous with Baltimore theater for nearly three-quarters of a century. When she passed away at the age of 95 on Sept. 18, Shub left behind her son, Daniel Shub, her daughters, Judith Shub-Condliffe and Amy Shub Rothstein, her younger sister, Naomi Greenberg, as well as grandchildren, cousins, nieces and… Read More

School Daze

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Lauren & Matthew Mittleman First Date: June 2008, Artful Gourmet Bistro Wedding Date: June 14, 2014 Venue: Woodholme Country Club Residence: Owings Mills Favorite Activity: Walking their Golden Retriever/Border Collie mix, Chloe Lauren Shapiro and Matthew Mittleman were schoolmates. They played at the JCC preschool and attended Franklin Middle School together. They even summered together… Read More

The Importance of Free Will

This Shabbat we read from Parshat Vayera, which tells the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. God destroyed these two towns filled with malicious people because they were so evil, God could not help them find the path of goodness. Many times in the Torah, one must delve very deep into the text, looking at every… Read More

­Profile in Conscience

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It is not necessary for every new movie about World War II — and there are a surprising number each year — to reference the Holocaust. Even so, many moviegoers consider the calamities inextricably linked, as do most filmmakers. Contemporary audiences have the benefit of hindsight, and as Jews we are particularly attuned to the… Read More