The Internal Battle Parshat Vayetze

Deception is everywhere surrounding Jacob, a virtual dance of deception from which he cannot escape. He has been raised in a dysfunctional family, where his parents, Isaac and Rebecca, favor different children. He cannot trust his brother, Esau, who is his rival for affection, power and the ever-illusive birthright and blessing. In the end, Jacob… Read More

‘A Sacred Mission’ For 125 Years Sol Levinson & Bros. celebrates another milestone in serving the Baltimore Jewish community

Through 125 years, 12 family members in five generations, five locations and thousands of funerals, Sol Levinson & Bros. has carried on its important, if macabre, legacy — death. As one of the few — and for much of its existence the only — Jewish funeral home in the area, Sol Levinson has become an… Read More

Two Area Conservative Rabbis Find Themselves on a ‘Blacklist’

At least two area Conservative rabbis found their names on a so-called “blacklist” compiled by the Israeli Chief Rabbinate rejecting their 2016 letters confirming people’s Jewish identities for aliyah. In order to get married in Israel, Jews must first have their Jewish identity confirmed by a rabbi according to Jewish law. The rabbi then sends… Read More

The December Dilemma How interfaith families make the holidays meaningful

The December Dilemma is a reality that many interfaith families live out each holiday season. The big question is how to balance Christmas and Chanukah in a family with a parent of each faith. While families try to keep the meaning of Chanukah at the forefront of their celebrations, it can be difficult living in… Read More

Love, Acceptance: Our Neighborly Pledge

V’ahavta l’reiacha Kamocha, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” is a basic tenet of Judaism. Nearly every Jewish child is sure to have heard the story of Hillel teaching a gentile the entire Torah as he stood on one foot. On Nov. 20, Beth El Congregation invited an interdenominational panel of rabbis to come together for… Read More