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Look to Shabbat as a unifying force in the midst of contentious debates
BY Rabbi Ari Israel
January 23, 2014

It seems to me that so many Jewish conversations recently have devolved into divisive rhetoric about Israel; rather than being dialogues, these exchanges position one single-minded extreme against the other. Long gone are the age-old positive Jewish characteristics of civility and warmth. Instead, let’s shift the conversation from rights and wrongs to rights and responsibilities. CONTINUE »

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What is proper when it comes to acknowledging the connection between human and animal?
BY Rabbi Chaim Landau
January 23, 2014

For the sake of transparency, allow me to admit that I am an Orthodox rabbi who does own a pet dog. She is a truly wonderful creature: Tame, gentle, loving and tender, she seems to think that everyone on two legs is her best friend and avoids as much as possible the four-legged alternatives. Approaching CONTINUE »

BY Rabbi Jessy Gross
January 16, 2014

The tree is a sustaining metaphor in Judaism. It stands at the center in the Garden of Eden, perhaps the first metaphor authored by Adam and Eve. The Torah is referred to as a tree of life, it’s teaching an illumination of meaning and happiness. The first Psalm reads that the happiness of the individual CONTINUE »

When your focus is local as well as international, how do you draw support?
BY Michelle Ostroff
January 16, 2014

Relevance. We use this word a great deal at the Jewish Federation of Howard County. Recently, a community leader asked me what it means. I thought it was an excellent question, one worth exploring. In order for people to donate to any cause, they want to have some sort of meaningful connection to it. What CONTINUE »

BY Max Sterling
January 9, 2014

This winter, the Baltimore Council of the BBYO will look to bring the BBYO experience to Jewish eighth-graders. The teens will have an opportunity to make friends who go to different schools, to learn about the BBYO and maybe even to hold leadership positions in the organization. Most importantly, the goal will be to bring CONTINUE »