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Views expressed in opinion columns are the author’s own.

Tragic death of student shakes UMD community

It has been just over two weeks since an integral member of our community passed away. Cornell University senior Ilan Rasooly was visiting the University of Maryland for the Jewish holidays when he fell and sustained mortal head injuries. The ...

Keeping Shabbat not chore, app unnecessary

            By Jake Baum In the modern age of technology, the modern Orthodox world has fallen victim to one of the worst plagues of the 21st century – obsession with cell phones. It is ...

Staff editorial: Kosher food needed on North Campus

Imagine having to trek a mile in 40-degree weather just to grab a bite to eat in the morning. This is a situation with which any student on the full kosher meal plan with 8 a.m. classes is familiar. The limited breakfast hour from 8:30-9:30 a.m. ...

Clothing companies manufacture offensive apparel

By Jake Baum On May 4, 1970, during a student protest of the Vietnam War, nine students at Kent State University were wounded and four killed when the Ohio National Guard was deployed to regulate the protest, going down in history with the ...

Word on the Street: Keeping Shabbos on campus

By Charlie Wright Shabbos, or Shabbat, is the Jewish day of rest that begins at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday. Keeping Shabbos involves avoiding everyday work and partaking in activities that honor God’s day of rest after ...

High holidays are about worship, not money

By Jacqueline Hyman This year’s high holidays have come and gone, and countless families have spent days in their synagogues. But not only have they spent days, many of them have spent money. Lots of it. Most synagogues today require ...

How the U.S. could be involved in the Israel-Gaza conflict

By Mojan Najmabadi To say that the summer of 2014 has been a season of political unrest worldwide is an understatement. As Israeli forces invaded Gaza and the world witnessed the exchange of air strikes and rocket fire taking place, the ...

University policies not strong enough to accommodate religious students

By Jacob Schaperow I think I’m a pretty good student. I pay attention in class, I do the readings and homework, I go to office hours, and I never cut class. But I skipped nine classes last semester. And, thanks to the way my Thursday/Friday ...

The Domain’s Close Proximity to Hillel: Does it affect Jewish Students food choices?

By Carlos Rodriguez The recently built apartment complex The Domain is near campus’ Hillel, and has so far added a non-kosher Subway, and a kosher frozen yogurt place Tutti Frutti, with two businesses currently under construction. The ...

Yiddish Is Not a Dying Language

By Mike Siegel Contrary to popular belief, Yiddish is not a dying language, said Adi Mahalel, a new instructor at the University of Maryland. “[Yiddish] is a language that, in recent years since the Holocaust, has been growing [in the number ...