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As Tisha B’Av commences, a look at the Kotel and whether, with present battles, it can still stand as the foremost icon of Jewish unity
BY Maayan Jaffe
July 11, 2013

At sundown on July 15, we begin the commemoration of the destruction of the Temples. Tisha B’Av, the Ninth of the Hebrew month of Av, is a day of mourning. “The destruction of the Temple was by sinat chinam, the inability for our people to get along,” said Jerry Silverman, president and chief executive officer CONTINUE »

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With Jacob A. Frenkel as new head of Bank of Israel, economists are hopeful
BY Maayan Jaffe
July 11, 2013

On American Independence Day, a committee headed by Judge Yaakov Turkel approved a new governor of the economy, so to speak, when it approved the appointment of Jacob A. Frenkel as the new governor of the Bank of Israel. This is the second time Frenkel, who replaces Stanley Fischer, has filled the role. He had CONTINUE »

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Ron Dermer bringing loyalty to Netanyahu, history of abrasiveness to new post
BY Ron Kampeas
July 11, 2013

I was with “him” when Ron Dermer laced his address to the 2009 American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Dermer used the phrase five times in the first five minutes of the speech — the “him” being Binyamin Netanyahu. “I can shed a little insight into the mind of the Israeli prime minister,” Dermer told the CONTINUE »

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Egyptian, Israeli leaders analyze the overthrow of Morsi, say be patient with the process
BY Maayan Jaffe
July 9, 2013

“This is a good and important step forward,” said Nadine Sherif, an international advocate and employee at the Cairo Institute of Human Rights. Speaking from Egypt, Sherif said the overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi and the institution of military law until true democratic elections can take place is “a call by the public. … CONTINUE »

The Power of a Kippah
BY Cantor Thom King
July 8, 2013

In Baltimore, as in most American cities, wearing a kippah (yarmulke) is something we do as an expression of our Judaism. Many of us wear one all the time, as a part of our everyday life. Some wear one for specifically Jewish occasions (weddings, funerals, or when praying, learning or entering a synagogue). Although traditionally CONTINUE »