Taking Aim At Gun Violence

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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”… Read More

Ganei Ha’Ela

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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… Read More

Trying To Revive

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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… Read More

Analysis: Race for Maryland Governor

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Although it is still early, the race for governor of Maryland is already shaping up to be a competitive one. With nine candidates saying they plan on running, the field ranges from seasoned politicians to experienced businessmen and even to a Baltimore-area teacher, all of whom want to succeed the still-popular Gov. Martin O’Malley. So… Read More

Warning Signs

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It’s a day he may never forget. And while it is painful to remember as well as to talk about, Dr. Jonathan Lasson, 42, a certified school psychologist for the Maryland State Department of Education, believes it’s a day that warrants memory, and a memory that must be shared. Oct. 4, 2012 began like any other… Read More

The Watch Doctor

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­ “We came to Baltimore in 1991—Jan. 21. I remember that date [when] I stepped on American soil,” said Simon Abramov, Ukrainian master watchmaker for 42 years. Abramov brought his family from the small town of Skvyra outside of Kiev to escape the aftermath of Chernobyl (just 12 miles away) and make a better life… Read More

Facing The Issues

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Oil pipelines, cybercrime, rain tax, minimum wage, common core, charity scams, health-care reform and the right of low-income defendants to public defense attorneys at bail review will be some of the most pressing issues facing the General Assembly when it begins its 2014 legislative session, said five local officials who joined the Pikesville Chamber of… Read More

Rezoning Referendum Denied

For supporters of the Wegmans-anchored Foundry Row project, good news came late last month when a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge upheld the February decision by the Baltimore County Board of Elections to disregard petitions for a referendum that would challenge local rezoning maps and the upcoming renovations to the former Solo Cup factory site…. Read More

Will The NFL Still Be Around In 10 Years?

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Watched in nearly 30 million households in the United States each week, the National Football League is arguably the most successful and popular sports enterprise in our country. But there are problems on the field that could drastically affect the way the game is played in the future. In August, the NFL agreed to pay… Read More

The Associated Joins #MakeItHappen Campaign

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Ten Jewish Baltimoreans will get a head start on impacting the Jewish community, thanks to a grant program from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. The #MakeItHappen campaign will award up to 50 ideas around the world micro-grants of $1,000 through January 2014. Some ideas have been awarded grants already, as this campaign started… Read More