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Irlen Syndrome: Real science or false hope?
BY Simone Ellin
December 12, 2013

Westminster mother Anna Lipka had always sensed something was interfering with her daughter Adrianna’s academic performance. Yet, none of the professionals who tested Adrianna could find anything out of the ordinary. “I knew she was very smart — she talked at 16 months and could memorize all the books I read to her,” Lipka said. CONTINUE »

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Kosher coffee touts weight loss, energy benefits
BY Heather Norris
December 12, 2013

For coffee drinkers in the Jewish community, a kosher coffee that advertises benefits such as weight loss and increased focus and memory has made its way to Maryland. Javita coffee launched in 2011 with the introduction of its energy-plus-mind instant coffee. With ingredients such as South American estate-blend coffee (100 percent Arabica and Robusta), green CONTINUE »

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Making laws, improving lives and working to create a cultural shift
BY Melissa Gerr
December 12, 2013

Halacha (Jewish law), just like the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, states the right for citizens to own weapons for use in self-protection and to maintain public safety. In the case of Jewish law, however, it also mandates safe and responsible use with regard to ownership for the public good. “Safe and responsible” CONTINUE »

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BY Baltimore rabbi spearheading new neighborhood in Beit Shemesh
December 12, 2013

When Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb made aliyah to Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel from Baltimore, he gave up a strong bully pulpit at Congregation Shomrei Emunah. In Israel, he said, the whole structure of community is different, and since moving, Rabbi Gottlieb has been teaching and fulfilling various other part-time rabbinical roles. Now, he is hoping to CONTINUE »

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Polish Jewish community is evolving, growing and embracing its roots
BY Maayan Jaffe
December 12, 2013

In September 1939, Germany invaded Poland, instantly murdering about 20,000 Jews and bombing approximately 50,000 Jewish-owned factories, workshops and stores in more than 120 local communities. Several hundred synagogues were also destroyed. Within a month, all Polish Jews were either confined to ghettos or in hiding. Then the Nazis began liquidating the ghettos. Within 18 CONTINUE »