From Strength To Strength

Conservative Judaism has always prided itself on being a big tent. There are inherent challenges that go along with this approach, as sometimes trying to be everything to everybody diminishes one’s ability to take a particular stance or to define a specific vision. And yet, our movement’s commitment to the greater klal Yisrael is both… Read More

The Challenge of Being One

There are approximately 14 million Jews in this world, among whom about one million consider themselves Chasidic. The Chasidim are separated into 30 different sects, or dynasties. Three of the most significant dynasties — Satmer, Bobov and Vizhnitz — are split in half. Each one is divided within a family, whose leaders are either brothers… Read More

Uncompromised Commitment

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To grasp the Orthodox perspective on Jewish unity requires an appreciation of two fundamental Orthodox beliefs, one of which challenges our religious unity, the other of which strengthens our national unity. 1. “I believe with a complete belief in the divinity and the immutability of the Torah.” This is a fundamental religious assumption of Orthodox… Read More

Worldwide Sukkah Directory

A world-wide registry of Sukkahs has been set up, and is listed online at localsukkah.org. The directory has been designed for Jews to locate a Sukkah near to them, so that they can go there to eat. The idea of this service is not to list every Sukkah, but to try and have a Sukkah… Read More

This Past Year In The Jewish World

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From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, a look at some of the more dramatic events of the Jewish year 5773. September 2012 • Islamists throw a homemade grenade into a Jewish supermarket near Paris, injuring one. The incident is part of a major increase in attacks on Jews in France in 2012. October… Read More

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