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October 30, 2014

Immediately after Rabbi Barry Freundel of Kesher Israel Congregation was arrested and charged with placing hidden cameras in the changing room of the ritual bath adjacent to his synagogue, the question arose whether the conversions he oversaw over many years were still valid. The response from the Rabbinical Council of America, on which Freundel served, CONTINUE »

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October 30, 2014

In the races for the top two state positions on Tuesday, Brian Frosh for attorney general and Anthony Brown for governor, both Democrats, are more experienced and more in tune with mainstream Maryland voters than their opponents. Frosh, a proud member of the Jewish community, has been a state senator representing District 16 since 1994. CONTINUE »

October 23, 2014

In the Nov. 4 elections, Baltimore has three outstanding members of Congress who deserve re-election. Democrats Dutch Ruppersberger in District 2, John Sarbanes in District 3 and Elijah Cummings in District 7 serve their districts well, and we endorse them. Ruppersberger is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, where he has been outspoken CONTINUE »

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October 23, 2014

The arrest last week of Rabbi Barry Freundel on six charges of voyeurism has shaken his congregation, Kesher Israel in Georgetown, as well the Jewish community of greater Washington and the Orthodox world at large. Freundel had influence far beyond his synagogue and the mikvah, or ritual bath, next door, from where he allegedly videotaped CONTINUE »

October 16, 2014

In the Middle East today, the enemy of my enemy is also my enemy, and every action — including doing nothing — produces a negative reaction. For example, American disengagement in Iraq and refusal to intervene in the Syrian civil war have been identified as the root causes of the rise of the so-called Islamic CONTINUE »