Opinion

B’Teavon

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At first read, it seems difficult to find a convergent theme for parshat Shemini. The parsha begins with the inauguration of the Mishkan, God’s “earthly dwelling...

Forgiving Shana

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Everyone loved Shana. In her quiet way, Shana would ask the girls to play jump rope or sardines at recess. She would spend time reading...

Hidden Good

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In the Torah reading for Shabbat Chol Hamoed, Moshe makes an interesting request.  He asks God: “Hareini na et kivodecha” (Exodus 33:18), which literally...

Precious Moments

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It was just over a month ago that my 5-year-old daughter’s Purim play took place on a Tuesday. Tuesday, in my world, is production day....

Real Freedom Fighters

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At our Seders we will recite, “We were slaves of Pharoah in Egypt,” and we will repeat the words “slaves” and “slavery” many times....

A Happier Birthday

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Last Thursday, I celebrated my 26th birthday, and it got me thinking: I’m certainly in a different place in my professional life than I...

Chag Sameach!

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Maayan Jaffe It’s almost Pesach. I have to admit that I am excited. I know I’m among the minority of the Jewish people, but I like...

Useless Avi

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Eli was a tall, bright and athletic 12 year old. He threw the football like a pro, and he caught passes better than anyone...

Legislative Update From The BJC

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Our legislative session is off to a good start, as Gov. Martin O’Malley has generously provided funding to the greater Baltimore Jewish community for...

Reform Not What Is Needed

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I would be remiss if I didn’t make some comments about Del. Jon Cardin’s grandiose claim to be someone who wants to bring about...