Saturday, November 29, 2014 Kislev 7, 5775

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One year ago, soon after the war in Gaza had ended and Barack Obama prepared to take the oath of office, many openly wondered if the dismal state of the economy would prevent the new president from devoting more than cursory attention to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Iranian nuclear threat. Now, a mere 12 months later, the president has...
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If Jews weren't seemingly hard-wired to remember everything, especially calamity, the first decade of the 21st century might be one to simply forget. From war in the Middle East to years of bombings in Israel, to global financial collapse and scandal at home, the 2000s -- or whatever we decide to call those 10 years, in retrospect -- will surely...
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Season's greetings took on a somewhat sour note when I heard a certain salutation amid the jingle bells and paper horns touting a happy new year. "Where's my husband? He's at the store, trying to Jew down the owner for a better price." I happened to be in the lovely resort of Aruba, sifting through children's clothing along with my...
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To many people, Jews and South Koreans couldn't be more dissimilar. They don't seem to share such things as language, food, religion, history or geography. Still, that's not the way E. Harris Baum sees it. "They are a people that are very warm and devoted to principles that we believe in as Jewish people: ethics, moral integrity and dedication," said...
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Germantown Jewish Centre has launched a "Green Mezuzah Havurah," a new group devoted to sustainability and lessening the carbon footprint of its members. The idea came in part from Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, founder of the Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network, who spoke at the local synagogue in the spring and urged members to create small groups dedicated to environmentalism. During...
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