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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 »

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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Bnos Yisroel has carved its niche in Jewish Baltimore
BY Maayan Jaffe
August 21, 2013

When you walk into Bnos Yisroel there is a sign that reads, “Teaching students, not subjects.” And that message says it all. According to Rabbi Chaim Amster, director of development, since the all-girls school was founded in 2000 it purposely kept itself on the sidelines, growing “very quickly but quietly.” As the school prepares to CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
August 20, 2013

A Palestinian hacker posted a message on Facebook founder Marc Zuckerberg’s wall to show there is a bug in the social network’s security settings. Khalil Shreateh of Hebron posted information about the bug on Zuckerberg’s wall late last week following unsuccessful attempts to report the bug to Facebook security. The bug allowed Shreateh to post CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
August 17, 2013

Baltimore City police are investigating the death of an 86-year-old found dead in his Levindale apartment in July as a homicide. Ernest Curtis, 86, was found dead in his apartment at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Place, at 2500 W. Belvedere Avenue, on Tuesday, July 30, after officers responded for a reported sick case, according CONTINUE »