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BY Maayan Jaffe
November 21, 2013

Judith is a beautiful widow who has fascinated artists, writers, poets and composers through the centuries. The heroine of the Book of Judith, a text that was never accepted into the Jewish cannon, Judith serves the role of holy Jewish widow, of seductress and of soldier. Here is a quick rundown: Judith comes onto the CONTINUE »

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The Chanukah story lights the way to ideas of energy conservation and sustainability
BY Melissa Gerr
November 21, 2013

A beautiful thing about many Jewish laws is that they are open to interpretation. Evolving analysis helps transform a seemingly obsolete idea into a concept that is relevant and applicable to contemporary issues. Bal tashchit is one of those laws. Its original form commands to “not destroy with wanton abandon” (particularly geared to war time), CONTINUE »

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Act protects against discrimination for sexual orientation, but creates uncertainty for some religious organizations
BY Marc Shapiro
November 21, 2013

When the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (64 to 32) on Thursday, Nov. 7, it was widely applauded by a number of advocacy groups, including those inside and outside the Jewish community. “It is legislation whose time has come,” said Eric Fusfield, director of legislative affairs at B’nai B’rith International. “Attitudes have shifted.” CONTINUE »

BY Melissa Gerr
November 20, 2013

Delegate Jon S. Cardin will introduce the first legislation in the Maryland history that will address campus security for victims of sexual assault. If approved, the legislation would require state colleges and universities to report all incidences of sexual assault on their campuses and to provide services for victims. The legislation also calls for confidential CONTINUE »

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Health-care changes offer mixed bag for Marylanders
BY Heather Norris and Marc Shapiro
November 20, 2013

For 73,000 Marylanders, the launching of the Affordable Care Act has brought with it a mix of excitement and trepidation. According to Maryland Health Care Administration statistics, that is the number of people who will lose their current insurance plans due to new federal requirements for comprehensive coverage. However, the Obama administration says their plans CONTINUE »