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Jewish groups comment on affirmative action, Voting Rights Act rulings
BY Eric Hal Schwartz
July 3, 2013

The Supreme Court ended its current term on Wednesday of last week, after days of momentous decisions on important national issues. Though its rulings on same-sex marriage continue to dominate headlines, the court’s verdicts on the issues of affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act also sparked responses from Jewish organizations and leaders. Monday’s 7-1 CONTINUE »

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For observant Jews, owning Farfel, Mitzvah and Matzo Ball raises halachic questions, concerns
BY Maayan Jaffe
July 3, 2013

Purchasing or rescuing a sweet little puppy is a day of adulation. The kids have been begging for a dog for months, and even you look forward to the idea of snuggling up with a pup or having him fetch the newspaper in the morning. But if you are a Torah observant Jew, as a CONTINUE »

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France’s soaring anti-Semitism lures Jewish Defense League vigilantes out of shadows
BY Cnaan Liphshiz
July 3, 2013

With scooter helmets in hand, a man called Yohan and six buddies stroll around Paris’ 20th arrondissement. The seven look much like a typical group of French students — until they locate a group of Arab men they suspect of perpetrating an anti-Semitic attack the previous day. Using their helmets as bludgeons, members of France’s CONTINUE »

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Some dog lovers celebrate their pets’ 13th birthdays by holding “bark mitzvahs®” — bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies for their animals
BY Marc Shapiro
July 3, 2013

It is arguably the most significant moment in a Jewish teenager’s life, marking adulthood, accountability and the ability to lead religious services. The bar/bat mitzvah is a rite of passage for which boys and girls spend months (sometimes years) preparing. But is this something our furry friends can do too? Enter the bark mitzvah®. Some CONTINUE »

BY Marc Shapiro
July 3, 2013

Baltimore’s Grand Historic Venue now offers full catering services for kosher weddings, thanks to a partnership with O’Fishel Kosher Catering. The venue, which is next door to what used to be the Tremont Grand Hotel, previously only had the capacity to deliver pre-wrapped kosher meals for individual guests. With a separate kitchen, O’Fishel can now CONTINUE »