‘The Greatness of Israel’

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More than 800,000 people (one-tenth of the population of Israel) attended Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s funeral earlier this week. Rabbi Yosef died Monday at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem of complications from multiple organ failure. He was 93. Since his passing, countless articles and statements by some of the world’s most important Jewish (and… Read More

Wonder Bread Goes Kosher

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Hostess Brands recently emerged from bankruptcy, which means Wonder Bread is back on the shelves. Remember Wonder Bread? It’s hard to forget the fluffy American sandwich staple of the 20th century. But now, it’s going kosher. The Orthodox Union recently announced that it’s certifying Wonder Bread products in regions of the U.S. If the product… Read More

‘Titan of Jewish Education’

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Displayed prominently at the entrance to the new Joseph Meyerhoff Collection — consisting of more than 70,000 volumes of Jewish history, education and religious practice —  is the visage of the titanic leader of the former Baltimore Heb-rew University: Dr. Louis L. Kaplan. His presence and his legacy loom over this extensive collection now housed… Read More

Union Of Faiths

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It has been a quarter-century since Christopher M. Leighton, executive director of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, set out to disarm religious hostility. “I didn’t realize there would be such job security in that field,” said Leighton with a slight chuckle. Talking with the JT just before the final program celebrating the ICJS’s… Read More

Rare 18th-century Haggadah Discovered In Garage Could Fetch Six Figures

A rare 18th-century Passover Haggadah was discovered in the trash during a house clearance in the UK. The prayer book dates back to 1726, and its illustrations are hand painted on goat skin. The manuscript arrived in the UK from Belgium with a family that was fleeing the Nazis. With an estimated value between 100,000… Read More

Nobel Prize In Chemistry Shared By Israeli Professor

Arieh Warshel, an Israeli-American professor at the University of Southern California, will share the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work that made it possible “to map the mysterious ways of chemistry by using computers,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced. Warshel shares the honor with Martin Karplus, a researcher at the University of… Read More

Study: Kosher Chicken May Have Higher E. Coli Risk

Kosher chicken might be less safe to consume than conventional poultry, a new study found. Researchers with Northern Arizona State University examined the occurrence of antibiotic-resistant E. coli on four types of raw chicken: conventional, organic, kosher and those raised without antibiotics, all purchased throughout the New York area from April 2012 to June 2012…. Read More

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, 93, Passes Away

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As tens of thousands prayed for the recovery of the former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Haim Ovadia Yosef, he passed away on Monday, October 7, 2013, at the age of 93, with his family and close colleagues, including several Shas leaders and President Shimon Peres at his side. Rabbi Haim Ovadia Yosef was… Read More

School Bus Flips Over on Greensping Avenue

A school bus en route to Pikesville Middle School with 10 students overturned Friday morning on Greenspring Avenue, according to Baltimore County Police. Five children and the bus driver, a woman, were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries, police said. The bus flipped in the 10800 block of Greenspring Avenue, near Hillside Drive in… Read More

Dressed

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Just before Maria Patricia de Sousa set out for a yearlong stint at a seminary in Jerusalem seven years ago, she stopped by the house of an Orthodox Jewish woman in her home city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She wanted to find out about life in Jerusalem — where to eat, how to get around,… Read More