Waiting for the Chips to Fall

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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… Read More

‘Jews, Jews, Jews’ and Proud of It

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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… Read More

Let’s Focus on Peace in Our Homes, Neighborhoods

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… Read More

Let the Refs Make the Call

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If you were lucky enough to catch Sunday’s NFC matchup between divisional rivals the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles — most Baltimore-area television sets were tuned to the Ravens’ field-goal-clinching 23-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns — it either came across as old-style football or thuggery run amok. One thing’s for sure, though: The… Read More

It’s Never Too Late to Do the Right Thing

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You don’t need to be a fan of professional football or even a resident of Baltimore to know that the news coming out of the home team has been far from good as of late. The moves Monday by the Baltimore Ravens to release star running back Ray Rice and by the National Football League… Read More

Remember the Service of Years Ago

Two centuries ago, the European world awaited what would become of the curious American experiment that had popped up on the other side of the Atlantic. Just 38 years prior, delegates from each of the 13 colonies from Georgia to Massachusetts declared their independence from King George III and five years after that defeated his… Read More

What We Need Is Healthy Communication

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Back-to-school season is firmly upon us, and with the sales on school supplies just recently ended, the big yellow buses have returned local streets to quagmires of morning and afternoon traffic. Many children are overjoyed at meeting friends they haven’t seen all summer, while quite a few parents are ecstatic that the little ones are… Read More

Looking to the Past for Our Future

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You need only look at the prime-time television commercials to realize that genealogy is a big business — a $1.6 billion one, in fact, according to a 2012 report on “Good Morning America.” With Ancestry.com’s sepia-toned spots pulling at heartstrings across the country, it seems that more and more people are seeking out their links… Read More

Just Add Water

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In chemistry, a solvent is a liquid capable of dissolving another substance. The resulting homogeneous mixture is known as a solution. In this regard, water is known as “the universal solvent” because of its unique ability to dissolve seemingly impermeable things. Jewish tradition teaches that the great Rabbi Akiva was even motivated to learn Torah… Read More