Embracing Coexistence

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Religious freedom is a bedrock principle of American life, so much so that we frequently defer to houses of worship and other religious institutions, granting them exceptions from taxes and many workplace regulations. The freedom to worship as one pleases, enshrined in the First Amendment, is intimately linked with the freedoms of speech and of… Read More

Israel’s Water Pioneers

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English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge might be frequently maligned through each iteration of the “water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink” quote — the slightly altered line from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” does not, unlike how its most invoked, refer to scarcity in the midst of abundance — but in a… Read More

A Vote for Society

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All politics is local, at least according to former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. But in this election season, particularly, the truth of his aphorism can plainly be seen. Just two states to the north, we can see self-proclaimed democratic socialist — the “d” is purposely lowercased — Sen. Bernie Sanders wow millennial voters… Read More

The Flavor of Memories

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Variety is the spice of life, or so the proverbial statement goes. But in so many things — religion, politics, work, art, etc. — the truth of William Cowper’s assertion can be seen, if not proven. A blank canvas is not all that different from an entirely red one; and a meeting hall full of… Read More

A Time to Question

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With just two weeks to go until Pesach, it’s a fair bet that most of us are deeply entrenched in preparations for the holiday and its centerpiece — the Seders. We’re cleaning, we’re organizing, we’re buying, and we’re studying, all while the children in our midst are practicing for the hallmark Four Questions. That’s right!… Read More

We Must Never Forget

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What’s it like to be a religious minority? It sounds like a ridiculous question for the Jewish community, which has over time developed a badge of honor out of its experiences as strangers in a strange land. But if we really think about it, there are few among us today who can truly appreciate what… Read More

Bottom Line: Unity

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The periphery of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center has always been somewhat of a circus when the American Israel Public Affairs Committee comes to town for its annual policy conference. This year was no different: There was, for instance, the Greek Orthodox-looking guy holding a sign reading,  “Occupy AIPAC with Jesus Christ!” That was… Read More

All In for B’more

It’s a cruel twist of fate that those consigned — for whatever reason — to poverty pay a penalty on such things as household goods. It’s a phenomenon most recently tracked by professor Yesim Orhun at the University of Michigan, who documented that those who are poor pay on average 5.9 percent more per sheet… Read More

With Eye to Past

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Location, location, location. It’s the secret to so many real estate transactions, the explanation to why a two-bedroom ranch in Silicon Valley can sell for $1 million, but a five-bedroom center-hall colonial can go for $500,000 in Pikesville. Go farther down Park Heights Avenue, and that same large house might be had for $200,000 or… Read More

The Music Lives On

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Hardly anyone would accuse members of the Jewish community of ignorance when it comes to the Holocaust — remembrance is such a large part of American Jewish life and education — but the same unfortunately cannot be said about our non-Jewish neighbors. Data provided by the Anti-Defamation League, in fact,  indicates that just 54 percent… Read More