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Local vets weigh in on cost of pet ownership
BY Simone Ellin
July 3, 2013

“Can we have a dog — please?” Who hasn’t heard that before? But there are many considerations for families and individuals considering dog ownership. Who will walk, feed and clean up after the new family member? Is there adequate room in the home or apartment? Is there an accessible outdoor space where the dog can CONTINUE »

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For observant Jews, owning Farfel, Mitzvah and Matzo Ball raises halachic questions, concerns
BY Maayan Jaffe
July 3, 2013

Purchasing or rescuing a sweet little puppy is a day of adulation. The kids have been begging for a dog for months, and even you look forward to the idea of snuggling up with a pup or having him fetch the newspaper in the morning. But if you are a Torah observant Jew, as a CONTINUE »

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Some dog lovers celebrate their pets’ 13th birthdays by holding “bark mitzvahs®” — bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies for their animals
BY Marc Shapiro
July 3, 2013

It is arguably the most significant moment in a Jewish teenager’s life, marking adulthood, accountability and the ability to lead religious services. The bar/bat mitzvah is a rite of passage for which boys and girls spend months (sometimes years) preparing. But is this something our furry friends can do too? Enter the bark mitzvah®. Some CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
July 3, 2013

Baltimore’s Grand Historic Venue now offers full catering services for kosher weddings, thanks to a partnership with O’Fishel Kosher Catering. The venue, which is next door to what used to be the Tremont Grand Hotel, previously only had the capacity to deliver pre-wrapped kosher meals for individual guests. With a separate kitchen, O’Fishel can now CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
July 3, 2013

ProtectSeniors.org, a Washington, D.C.- based nonprofit, is working to protect pensions, health care and Medicare for seniors and retirees. “Our nonprofit, ProtectSeniors.org, has written to the U.S. House Committee on Ways & Means supporting the continued maintenance of Medicare, and I urge all retirees to work and stand together to make sure America’s senior generation CONTINUE »