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Religious leaders help the faithful weather the storm

Religious leaders help the faithful weather the storm

While Saturday's heavy snowfall meant extra work for those keeping Baltimore area walkways and roads clear, some in the community were warned to be careful about such work — for religious reasons.

Observant Orthodox Jews face numerous restrictions on activities from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, having to do with a prohibition on working on a day of rest, and none of that changes with the weather. A Pikesville rabbi reminded synagogue members in a message Thursday that shoveling, salting and sanding walkways would be permitted only under certain conditions.

The directive was one of a flurry of emails and website notices religious leaders issued to followers...

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