| Sep 19, 2013
| 2:54 PM
Harford County Public Schools high school graduations for the 2013-2014 school year are spread out over a slightly longer period than the 2013 graduation season, according to the schedule officials released this week.
The 2013 graduation season took...
| Mar 12, 2012
| 8:17 AM
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:
It is a commonplace of biblical criticism...
| Mar 1, 2014
| 2:00 PM
Master of the viol, Jordi Savall is also a master joiner.
His specialty is a narrow-seeming one, his six-stringed instrument's heyday having been the 16th and early 17th centuries when the viol was second in popularity only to the lute. Viol repertory...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 7:35 PM
Harold Ramis, who died Monday at age 69, was responsible for some of the most profound comedies to emerge in the 20th century.
So profound that they might actually be like … the Torah?
In this video from several years ago — you can watch it...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 9:57 AM
In the portion of Pekudei a reckoning of the work done in the Tabernacle is recorded. Interesting, is the Hebrew word for reckoning — pekudei. (Exodus 38:21) As I have often pointed out in these weekly Torah discussions, one key to understanding the...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 1:01 PM
WILLIAMSBURG — Chances to seize something you missed out on as a child are few and far between, so when six members of Temple Beth El got the opportunity to participate in an important Jewish rite of passage and become b'nai mitzvah as adults they...
| Feb 9, 2014
When I started to write this column, it was the fourth of five snow days in two weeks for Williamsburg/James City County's schools — or, as my children mistakenly believed, week two of their second Winter Break!
This unexpected time off was a...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 12:48 PM
I love Hanukkah. Along with Passover, it’s my favorite holiday -- because it comes steeped in narrative and because it is, essentially, do-it-yourself. Tonight at my house, we will have latkes; we will light the menorah and sing. No intercession...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 1:59 PM
The Orthodox Jewish ritual of kaparot -- in which chickens are ritualistically twirled in the air and slaughtered as a way of transferring a person's sins onto the dead animal -- is still practiced in some corners of Los Angeles.
Readers have noticed --...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 6:44 PM
On a trip to Israel in 1964, Philip Berg, a high-flying insurance salesman from Brooklyn, crossed paths with an aging rabbi renowned for his grasp of kabbalah, an esoteric strain of Jewish mysticism. Neither Berg nor kabbalah would ever be the same.
| Aug 11, 2013
| 5:24 PM
The number on Marge Fettman’s left arm is too blurred to read, but the 88-year-old Holocaust survivor knows it by heart: “21,880,” she says.
One of few remaining Holocaust survivors, Fettman lost her parents and other relatives at...
| Aug 31, 2013
Pomegranates and dates, signature Rosh Hashanah fruits in many households, have been associated with the culture of the Holy Land since biblical times.
Both fruits made the Torah's list of the Seven Species; the honey in that list is believed to have...