Parshas B’Shalach

Rabbi Berel Wein There is a great difference in the perception of a momentous historic event between the generation that actually experienced it, was witness to, and perhaps even participated in it and later generations who know of the event through tradition and history. The facts regarding events can be transmitted from one generation to […]

How Now Brown Cow?

Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow Tardar Sauce (2012-2019), better known by her nickname “Grumpy Cat,” was a cat and celebrity known for her grumpy facial expression. Her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, said that her permanently grumpy-looking face was due to an underbite and feline dwarfism. Grumpy Cat was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal […]

Dead on Arrival?

Allan Rolnick, CPA Turn the dial on the Wayback Machine to the fourteenth century. Intrepid knights from across England are saddling up their trustiest steeds to journey east on what came to be known as the Crusades. Those knights needed someone to take care of their lands and families while they were gone. So they […]

613 Seconds with Rebbetzin Ettie Rosenbaum

What inspired you to start WITS? It started with a need in the community for a local seminary option for young women. It was 1996, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Itzkowitz approached the Rosh Hayeshiva, Rav Yaakov Weinberg זצ”ל, with the idea of starting a seminary in Baltimore. Rav Weinberg agreed that creating a seminary in […]

Mosdos Kehal Chassidim

Tell us about yourselves: Mosdos Kehal Chassidim is the new name for the already established Chassidish community in Baltimore. Originally started in 2014, Cheder Kahal Chassidim was started to bring Chassidish families to Baltimore.  The men learn in kollel in Kedushas Yisrael shul, while some women stay at home, some work in the mosdos, some […]

RAJE Students Return from Another Epic Poland-Prague Trip

Last month, 40 RAJE students from around the country, including a large portion from the local RAJE Maryland branch, spent 7 days visiting Jewish heritage and Holocaust sites throughout Poland and the Czech Republic. The trip began in Warsaw, journeyed throughout Poland and Galicia to Lublin, Lizensk, Lancut, and Krakow and concluded with a lively […]

WIT Melave Malka Honoring Andrea Schulman

On Motzei Shabbos, January 7th over 220 women gathered for the Rebbetzin Frieda K. Hirmes Women’s Institute of Torah’s (WIT) annual Melave Malka.  The event, chaired by Suri Reiner and Donna Wach, featured a lavish buffet by Catering by Yaffa and paid tribute to Andrea Schulman, WIT’s Executive Director who was the recipient of the […]

Then and Now

Rabbi Zvi Teichman לזכר נשמת טליה זהבה ע”ה בת בנימין זאב ושושנה שיחיו At the splitting of the sea, Moshe is overwhelmed with excitement and boundless joy. Seeking to put his heartfelt emotions to words, he begins a Shirah, a song, with the word אז, then: אז ישיר — Then Moshe and the Children of […]

What Causes Addiction?

Rabbi Azriel Hauptman The question of what causes addiction is one that has been the focus of scientific research for many years, and the answer is somewhat confusing. Is it a predisposition that one is born with, a result of peer pressure, or an attempt to soothe negative emotions? I am sure that you would […]

Parshas Bo

Rabbi Berel Wein As the drama of the Exodus from Egypt draws nearer its climax in this week’s Torah reading, one cannot help but be struck by the stubbornness of Pharaoh in the face of all of the plagues visited upon him and his nation. His advisers had long before told him that all was […]