Sukkah Experience Is A ‘Family’ Blessing

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Overnight, it seemed as if Baltimore began a frenzy of building. Out came the boards and metal poles, sheets of canvas and vinyl, bamboo poles and mats, clusters of fruits and colorful decorations. Sukkot is here! For thousands of years, Jews have erected temporary huts, which bec-ome our homes for the week of this beautiful… Read More

A Voice For Jewish Culture

Have you ever heard of the Foundation for Jewish Culture? It is a New York-based organization that was founded 53 years ago and is dedicated to the advancement of Jewish cultural life and creativity in the United States. Since 1960, the foundation is credited with channeling some $50 million to Jewish scholars and artists. Last… Read More

We’ve Seen This Before

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We mourn for the 12 victims of Monday’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard and wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured. And we thank the police officers who ended the killing spree before the number of casualties grew even higher. But for the individual lives lost and the particular location of… Read More

Boy, Was I Surprised

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“Good things come to those who wait.” Do you remember that Heinz ketchup commercial? It was such a good message, one of which I was recently reminded. Sherri Zaslow, director of marketing and sales for Tudor Heights, had been hounding me for months to come and see the facility. For months, I did not make… Read More

Meet Marina

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By Marina Moldavanskaya Baltimore-Odessa Partnership Coordinator Sometimes one decision can completely change your life. My mother was invited to her cousin’s wedding but decided not to attend simply because she had nothing to wear. Her uncle convinced her to come because he wanted to introduce her to a “nice Jewish guy” – my father. This is… Read More

A Yom Kippur Confession

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On Yom Kippur, we acknowledge the mistakes that we have made, and we regret having squandered some of our potential. And while we must make a firm commitment to God and to ourselves not to repeat the harmful action in the future and doing teshuva in combination with Yom Kippur atones for sins against God,… Read More

True Repentance

We have seen many examples this year of confession, vows and promises made in public.  Sports figures, politicians, entertainers. Anthony Weiner, Bob Filner, Paula Deen and Ryan Braun — just a few among the many who come to mind for their acknowledgments of wrongdoing this past year. The majority fall short from the perspective of… Read More

Still Active!

As an alumnus of Baltimore City College, the third oldest public high school in the United States, I was surprised to see that the author of a letter responding to the “School Choice” (Aug. 16) article mentioned that Poly “is the only public school that has a working alumni foundation” (“None Better Than Poly,” Your… Read More

Unparalleled Opportunity

A subsidiary of the French railway won’t run two MARC commuter lines (“Looking Back on 5773,” Aug. 30), but we now have access to the company’s records from World War II. This is an unparalleled opportunity to document the memory of those who perished, and those who survived, of the 70,000 people in France —… Read More

Do The Math

In response to your recent article about hybrid vehicles (“Want Savings?” Aug. 16): Math can sometimes be tricky, but when it comes to figuring out the cost benefits of rebuilding your car’s engine, the answer is very simple. If your car or truck is diagnosed with major engine damage, installing a remanufactured or rebuilt engine… Read More