The Next Eric Cantor

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With House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning loss last week, the highest-ranking Jewish Republican politician has suddenly been kicked from power. But Cantor’s rise was almost as improbably swift. Elected in 2000 to represent Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, he was appointed chief deputy whip after only one term. When Republicans regained control of the House… Read More

‘The Ultimate Challenge’

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While most of the expected 300 participants would be happy just to finish the Summer Death Race, which starts on Friday, June 2, in Pittsfield, Vt., Harrison Lessans, 23, of Pikesville is training for this ultimate challenge with the intent of being in the top percentile of the usual 15 to 20 percent of the… Read More

Who’s that Knocking at the Door?

Israel Restoration Ministries is back in town, and Ruth Guggenheim of Jews for Judaism, among many others, is concerned. “This is the same group that blanketed us a year ago, it’s disturbing,” said Guggenheim. “They think they can come in and disrespect our community. … They are spiritual predators, they are preying on our community,… Read More

The Ultimate Gift

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Dr. Alan Seyfer claimed his most valued instrument as a surgeon during his more than 40 years of practice has been, on many occasions, his in-depth knowledge of human anatomy. Seyfer, chair of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene State Anatomy Board, speaking to a crowd of approximately 250 at the Maryland Anatomical Donors… Read More

Rebbe’s Teachings Continue to Inspire

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson addresses a Brooklyn audience in 1987. Photo by Mordecai Baron via Wikimedia Commons

Several new books are seizing upon the upcoming 20th anniversary of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe to point out how much the late Jewish leader’s teachings have bearing upon the events of today. Not following the trend of previous works, which subjected the unprecedented growth in the Chabad- Lubavitch movement — either from 1951,… Read More

Baltimore Stands with Israel

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As Israeli security forces conduct searches for three Israeli teens Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says were kidnapped by Hamas, the Baltimore Jewish community is standing in solidarity with the Jewish state. “Everybody is concerned,” said Beth Tfiloh Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg. “If you’re Jewish, you feel connected. These are our boys.” Three Israeli Yeshiva students —… Read More

Silent No More

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Although school is out for summer vacation, campuses and college students remain the focus of intense scrutiny across the country. Last weekend’s shootings at Seattle Pacific University by a 26-year-old gunman, who was obsessed with school shootings, and the Memorial Day weekend murders of six University of California at Santa Barbara students by a 22-year-old… Read More

Golden Rules

In recent months, national outrage over violence on and around America’s college campuses has reached a fever pitch. Whether it’s gun control versus Second Amendment rights, the rights of the mentally ill versus the safety of the public or the culture’s treatment of women, violent episodes on college campuses have dominated the news. Robin Hattersley… Read More

Making Moves

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For more than four decades, members of Howard County’s Jewish community had to travel upward of 20 miles to make funeral arrangements for loved ones. Next week, that will change. Pikesville-based Sol Levinson & Bros., Inc. Funeral Home will open a new office in the heart of Columbia on June 15. In addition to marking… Read More

Pushing for Israel

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A prominent Republican senator considered by many to be a contender in the 2016 presidential race has embarked on a foreign-policy binge of late, with a strong focus on Israel and the Jewish community. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite, returned to Washington this week after a tour of Europe and the Middle… Read More