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

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 ...

Is the Career Center Helpful?

By Mara Bernstein As seniors are quickly preparing to graduate, the time has come for them to decide what they are going to do after May. While this can be daunting for most students, the university’s Career Center is here to help. “We ...

Opinion: Running on Shabbat, is it Kosher?

By Laura Shaposhnikova Attention to those among us who do not enjoy running: slowly place this article down and leisurely walk away. To everyone else: what's the deal with running on Shabbat? If you enjoy it, then it's not work, right? If it's not ...

Is Birthright Right For You?

By Lauren Shaw College students are an extremely diverse population, but there is one word most can appreciate: free. And for Jewish college students, a free trip to Israel is actually possible. Birthright, a popular program subsidized by the ...

Valentine’s Day: A Jewish Perspective

By Laura Shaposhnikova It was a Thursday like any other. I woke up, ate my bowl of Cheerios and made my way to class. What started off as an ordinary day turned into an inexplicable maze of “PDA” and roses. Confused, I held the door ajar for ...

Broaching a Touchy Subject

By Jason Brendler Some aspects of Judaism go unpracticed by a majority of those who associate themselves with the religion. While some Jewish laws— keeping a kosher home or wearing a tallit when going to temple—are commonly practiced, others ...