Opening Thoughts

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BY Joshua Runyan
October 23, 2014

Jewish history is rich with stories of families making great sacrifices for the sake of their children’s education. In many communities, education was the last thing to go, even as the “Old Country” depredations of poverty and government- sponsored anti-Semitism robbed people of their livelihoods and homes. It was not unheard of for struggling parents CONTINUE »

BY Joshua Runyan
October 16, 2014

In case you haven’t noticed, Maryland’s got a gubernatorial race shaping up. If the latest polling numbers are any indication, in a state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1, GOP candidate Larry Hogan has narrowed a once-commanding lead enjoyed by Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown to anywhere from 9 percentage points (The Washington Post) to CONTINUE »

BY Joshua Runyan
October 9, 2014

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, they say, and you don’t need to look further than the city’s Cheswolde neighborhood for proof. There on Taney Road stands the new headquarters of Hatzalah, built with the help of a grant tied to state revenue gleaned from slot machines. While some, mindful of the Talmudic CONTINUE »

BY Joshua Runyan
October 2, 2014

Rosh Hashanah, indeed any Jewish holiday, is typically a peaceful time spent with family and at synagogue, a time to give thanks for the Almighty’s beneficence and enjoy the companionship of loved ones. But for three men walking on Old Pimlico Road last Thursday evening, peace and tranquility were relatively fleeting notions: They were fired CONTINUE »

BY Joshua Runyan, Editor-in-Chief
September 30, 2014

As the sun sets on 5774, it might help to take a look back at all that’s transpired in the Jewish world over the past year and, with an eye to 5775, what is left to be accomplished. The year has seen some notable departures, including those of “rabbi to the stars” Rabbi Philip Berg CONTINUE »