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For many American Jews, Hebrew prayers are challenging to follow.
The art and essence of tefila
BY Maayan Jaffe
August 22, 2013

According to the Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 18a), the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the 10 days of penitence, is the time period when God is considered to be both “found” and “close.” And it’s not uncommon for Jews to feel during the month of Elul and then the High Holiday period an itch CONTINUE »

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Israel beckons, but students wonder if it’s the right choice
BY Justin Hayet
August 22, 2013

In today’s internationally connected world, college students are well aware that in order to be globally competitive, an overseas cultural and academic experience, whether it’s for six weeks, a semester or an entire year, is imperative. For many Jewish students who have visited Israel, whether on a gap year or a 10-day trip, the question CONTINUE »

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UMD Hillel no longer just about the building
BY David Snyder
August 22, 2013

“I ate my meals there.” That phrase, or some version of it, is usually the first thing that comes to mind when past generations of University of Maryland students conjure up memories of their experiences at the school’s Hillel. Still, eating kosher food is not all Hillel provided. For decades, the Jewish campus hub has 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 »

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BY Marc Shapiro
August 15, 2013

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley may run for president in 2016, according to recent comments he made. “By the end of this year, I think we’re on course to have a body of work that lays the framework of a candidacy for 2016,” he told reporters at the National Governors Association meeting earlier this month, as CONTINUE »