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Teen raises money for brain tumor research

Teen raises money for brain tumor research

WASHINGTON — For years, Matthew Baratz listened as his Hebrew high school teacher and mentor, Steve Glassman, shared stories of children and adults falling victim to brain tumors.

“I had heard how common [brain tumors] were, but it never really caught my attention,” said Baratz, 17, of Phoenix, Ariz.

Then three years ago, Baratz’s grandfather — his mother’s father — became one of those victims. The devastating personal connection to the disease inspired his involvement with Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research and his decision to become a member of the Arizona organization’s executive board this year, he said.

“I owed it to myself and to Steve,” Baratz said.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:52 )

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Hadassah Medical faces tough choices

Hadassah Medical faces tough choicesJERUSALEM — The Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower stretches 223 feet skyward, welcoming visitors in a bright, expansive lobby strung with banners celebrating both the State of Israel and its premier hospital, the Hadassah Medical Organization. Opened in late 2012 at a total cost of $363 million, the tower is the largest building project undertaken at Hadassah in 50 years and a symbol of the hospital’s ambitions for the future. Now that future is in peril as the hospital, saddled with n...
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Shhh . . . No! Be noisy!

Shhh . . . No! Be noisy!LOS ANGELES — On Purim, can we really blot out the memory of an evil like Haman, who threatened our very existence, with a noisemaker? When in a popular Purim song we sing “Hava narishah-rash, rash, rash,” “Wind your noisemakers,” all that “rashing” does momentarily make the darkness go away. But in what direction do we turn as we step into the light? It’s not that the sound is supposed to make us entirely forget Haman. In fact Purim, which this year begins at sundown March 15,...

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2014 00:52 )

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‘Partnership minyans’ grow, as does the controversy

NEW YORK — If it wasn’t clear before, it should be abundantly clear now: The Orthodox establishment will not sanction so-called partnership minyans, and it’s willing to go to the mat to fight them. In recent weeks, a flurry of articles by leading Orthodox rabbis and scholars have taken aim at the phenomenon of partnership minyans, which feature traditional Orthodox liturgy and mechitzah dividers separating the sexes but allow women to read from the Torah and lead certain parts of the serv...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 March 2014 13:43 )

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The chasidic female terrorism expert

The chasidic female terrorism expertNEW YORK — When a 16-year-old Lubavitcher named Ari Halberstam was gunned down on the Brooklyn Bridge on March 1, 1994 by a Lebanese livery cab driver, the killing seemed to be a cut-and-dried case. The shooter, Rashid Baz, was captured the following day and confessed to police. After a trial several months later, he was sentenced to 141 years in prison. But a murder conviction was not enough for Ari’s mother, Devorah Halberstam. She saw a terrorist conspiracy behind the shooting and criti...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 February 2014 13:03 )

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