The Kosher Machine

080913_kosher_machine_lg

Kosher products started finding their way into the American marketplace around 1918, according to kosherquest.org. In 1924, the Union of Orthodox  Jewish Congregations of America (OU), which had been established in 1892, entered the kashrut industry and appointed Abraham Goldstein (a chemist who had been instrumental in convincing American companies to become certified kosher) as… Read More

Take Two

080913_take_two_sm

Sally Bormel was congenial, down-to-earth and genuine. Eating breakfast at Fields one morning in the mid-1990s, Ben Marks quickly learned that one thing Bormel wasn’t was shy. Both 68 at the time, Bormel had observed Marks in Fields before and decided that now was the time to spark a conversation. They hit it off. A… Read More

Mining A Medical Mystery

Miryam Magaziner was diagnosed with primary 
hyperoxaluria at 6 months old. Since then, parents 
Lori and Jake have been fighting to keep her healthy. (Jacqueline Hannah)

Last June, when 2-year-old Matthew Ouimet of Antioch, Calif., underwent transplant surgery for his kidneys and liver, Californians followed the story closely, rooting for this little boy and his family. Because of Matthew, who faces a long, bumpy road to recovery, many people have now become aware of a little-known medical condition, primary hyperoxaluria (PH)… Read More

Super Kids

080913_super_kids_sm

Like all good counselors, Danny Gross, 17, is willing to go that extra mile to make his campers smile. So the Owings Mills resident gamely donned a frilly apron, as he helped out with the afternoon’s activity, which was making pudding parfaits. Only his campers weren’t raucous kids. They were residents of Weinberg Woods Independent… Read More

Inquiring Minds

080913_inquiring_minds_sm

Who should be first in line for a life-saving kidney transplant? Should the victim of a terrorist attack take precedent over the terrorist when it comes to receiving medical treatment? These were two of the questions discussed at Bioethics: The Catch-22 in Medicine and Healthcare, part of Hadassah’s National Business Meeting & Symposium held at… Read More

Always Thinking of Others

080913_always_thinking_of_others_sm

Often when people refer to someone as a “legend,” it is assumed that the person is larger-than-life, unapproachable or perhaps even arrogant. Rabbi Hirsch Diskind was none of these. Rabbi Diskind, the dean emeritus at Bais Yaakov School for Girls and a cornerstone figure in Jewish Baltimore, was personable, warm, compassionate and straightforward. And it… Read More

Frosh Start

080913_frosh_start_lg

Early last week, state Sen. Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery County) threw his hat into the ring of candidates bidding to become Maryland’s attorney general in 2014. And, if elected, Frosh said it’s a position in which he hopes to remain for the foreseeable future. “I’m not seeking the office of the attorney general as a springboard… Read More

4 IDF SOLDIERS WOUNDED IN NORTH ISRAEL

An IDF Spokesperson announced that four IDF soldiers were wounded last night by an explosion during operational activity in the north. They were lightly to moderately wounded, and were evacuated to an hospital. The IDF is investigating the incident, and is monitoring possible developments. Additional details about the incident were not given.  

Polish Democracy May Make Missteps

080213_polish_democracy_may_make_missteps_sm

For the past decade, the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture and I, as Poland’s honorary consul in the San Francisco Bay Area, have been involved directly in furthering the renaissance of Jewish life in Poland. The renaissance is viewed as a “miracle” in Poland and around the world. At my foundation, we receive… Read More

From Darkness To Light

080213_from_darkness_to_light_lg

In I Kings, Chapter 19, Elijah the Prophet pleads for God to take his life. Instead, the Lord responds by sending an angel, who instructs Elijah to undertake a 40-day journey before reassessing the situation. “The journey from darkness to light is one that many great individuals have walked, and one is never as alone… Read More