What does it mean to you to be selfless?

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Linda Eisenberg: To share with everyone else — it’s important for us to give back to the community. Tim Thayne: It’s an outward orientation, where you’re more focused on others than you are on yourself. And it’s counterculture these days. Yehuda Hakkakian & Meir Mintz: “Sheli shelach v’shelcha shelach.” What’s mine is yours, and what’s yours is yours…. Read More

Goldberg Variations: A Story of Three Cousins and a Fortune

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The premise of Susan Isaacs’ latest novel could not be less Jewish. A wealthy self-made grandmother invites her three adult grandchildren, with whom she has had little contact, to her grand home in Sante Fe. After insulting her handpicked heir to her business, Gloria Goldberg Garrison is conducting a test to see which of her… Read More

On The Road Again

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers revealed earlier this year that data culled from geosocial networks such as the GPS traffic app Waze can help prevent traffic incidents with better deployment of police resources at the most accident-prone areas. The paper, “Data Mining Opportunities in Geosocial Networks for Improving Road Safety,” was presented at the… Read More

How Do You Know The Word Shlep? You’re Not Jewish!

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This book is an autobiography of an ordinary woman who made unusual choices. The story describes her life from childhood to old age, without a lot of detail. I found the book very interesting and well written, but I wanted more. In a way, this story of self-exploration was almost like taking a sneak peek… Read More

Plan A Trip To Israel

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The leaves have yet to turn, but many Baltimoreans already are planning their winter-break trips to Israel. Besides mild, albeit rainy weather, December is a wonderful time to visit the Jewish state. In addition to the every-season tourist attractions, there are a number of festivals to enjoy. Schedule your visit around the Festival of Festivals,… Read More

What is your favorite area arts venue?

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Donna Feldman Lasky: The Visionary Arts Museum is my favorite; I am an art photographer. Robyn Levine: Artscape! Matthew Cooper: I like Centerstage. Want to place an order online? Visit www.goldbergsbagels.net now.

Mideast Nuclear Holocaust

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The Last Israelis by Noah Beck After constant exposure to critically important news, it begins to lose all meaning and sense of urgency. Hearing the same warnings over and over again — especially when the status quo seems static — can cause a certain desensitization, a resigned apathy that ignores the warnings in the wishful… Read More

Who’s A Big Boy?

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Israeli doctors were shocked last week by the birth of the hospital’s largest baby. The size of the 13-pound, 7-ounce (6.245 kilograms) boy, born at Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, surprised his mother, too, who was not able to find proper baby pajamas in his size after he was delivered by Caesarean section in… Read More

What is a sukkah?

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Dr. John P. Carrrio: I’m not Jewish, but my wife is. I think it is the hut outside. Aviva Hauser: A hut. It has schach on top and decorations. You eat in it. Dr. and Mrs. Morley Grossman: It is a temporary sanctuary. We hang fruit and vegetables, and we enjoy eating in it. Want to place an… Read More