Looking Back On 5773

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The year 5773 was packed with successes and challenges. At the Baltimore Jewish Times, our team of reporters wrote 889 articles about the happenings in this community and the rest of the Jewish world.Before Rosh Hashanah starts next week and we move on to 5774, here is a look at the top stories from the… Read More

Jumbled Start

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Entering his fourth year as a high school social studies teacher for Howard County Public Schools, Jared Ettinger has already come up with a suitable metaphor for his job. He likens the school year to a marathon, and this year, because of the High Holidays falling just after Labor Day, the marathon’s timetable will be… Read More

Calendar Conflict

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The 2012 High Holidays were unlike any others in the history of Stony Brook University. Last academic year, for the first time, the school held regular classes rather than suspend them during traditional Jewish and Christian holidays. The change was made “to ensure that some religions [were] not given preferential treatment,” according to Dean of… Read More

Honey For Your Boo-Boo

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Anyone who’s attended Jewish preschool knows that on Rosh Hashanah we eat apples and honey to symbolize our wishes for a sweet year. “Just as we do on Passover with the Seder plate, on Rosh Hashanah, we also eat symbolic foods. It’s not a law, it’s a folk tradition,” said Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin. Like… Read More

Sticking With Tradition

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Here’s the buzz about Rosh Hashanah: Beyond a congregation or family, it takes a hive to have a holiday. You may have your tickets, new dress or suit and High Holidays app, but without the honey in which to dip a slice of apple, where would you be? We wish each other “shanah tovah umetuka,”… Read More

Retrospection & Introspection

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What do the Hebrew month of Elul — the month leading up to Rosh Hashanah — and the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have to do with yoga? They all give the opportunity to reflect, be introspective, consider the past and think about the future with all of its wonderful possibilities. On… Read More

Crafting the Sacred Horn

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The sound of the shofar is unmistakable — its loud, triumphant blasts can be heard throughout Rosh Hashanah services and during Yom Kippur when the fast is over. But that hollow, smooth, shimmering, resonant horn heard in synagogue took meticulous handiwork to transform from the crude horn of an animal to a majestic shofar. “They’re… Read More

Why Don’t Jews Like To Pray?

For many American Jews, Hebrew prayers are challenging to follow.

According to the Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 18a), the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the 10 days of penitence, is the time period when God is considered to be both “found” and “close.” And it’s not uncommon for Jews to feel during the month of Elul and then the High Holiday period an itch… Read More

True To Their Words

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Elise Saltzberg is a fourth-generation Secular Jew with a capital S. “A secular Jew with a small s is often translated to mean unaffiliated and uninvolved,” explained Saltzberg, 56, of Pikesville, a founding member of the Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah, a Secular Humanistic congregation founded by Rabbi Judith Seid about 15 years ago. “Growing up,… Read More