Special Coverage

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Rabbis discuss their writing process, style, subject matter
BY Marc Shapiro
October 1, 2014

  Rabbis literally spend the entire year working on their High Holidays sermons. They keep files, takes notes, collect articles and think in-depth about what timeless topics will strike a chord with congregants. “A Shabbos sermon is usually one note,” said Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg of Beth Tfiloh Congregation. “A holiday sermon is more of a CONTINUE »

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Certain medical conditions require people to avoid fasting, doctors and rabbis say
BY Marc Shapiro
September 29, 2014

Each sect of Judaism has its own way of observing the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, but there is at least one custom observed across the board: fasting. As members of the Baltimore Jewish community spend the day in synagogue with empty stomachs beginning the night of Oct. 3, some observing the holiday won’t CONTINUE »

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Taking snuff on Yom Kippur helps fulfill Talmudic directive
BY Melissa Gerr
September 29, 2014

Based on a verse in the Book of Deuteronomy, the Talmud declares that a Jew should recite 100 blessings a day to adhere to God’s ways and to serve Him. Fortunately, reciting the blessings for prayer and meals, each three times a day, easily achieves the required number. But it becomes a challenge if meals CONTINUE »

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Area schools take a hands-on approach
BY Allie Freedman
September 11, 2014

Coloring, crafting and shofar blowing? With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur just around the corner, Jewish preschools are inviting the high holidays into their classrooms. From dipping apples in honey to learning where the horn for the shofar comes from, teachers in Baltimore are rolling the Jewish holidays into their curriculums. Enter Ilene Brooks’ classroom CONTINUE »

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Baltimore communities throwing Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations
BY Allie Freedman
May 1, 2014

Israel is turning 66, and you are invited to the party. From feasting on falafel to bopping to Israeli beats, Jewish organizations across the area want you to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day in style at Yom Ha’atzmaut events next week. Fells Point’s contemporary bar, Vale Tudo, will be decked out in blue and white on CONTINUE »