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Backman’s Corner: Why do we only use three matzot during Passover?

By Eli Backman For the Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh Question: I understand that we use four cups of wine to commemorate the four expressions of freedom in Exodus "I will release you... I will save you... I will liberate you... I will take you unto Me as a ...

Leslie Jones gets laughs from all at ridiculous Thursday night show

By Jake Baum For the Mitzpeh @JakeatUMD On Thursday night, Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones had everyone in The Stamp Grand Ballroom laughing with her crazy, loud and hilariously-disjointed brand of humor. At the beginning of her show, she ...

Royal visit provides Israel with much needed support

Jake Baum For the Mitzpeh @JakeatUMD Even well before its establishment in 1948, the State of Israel has been and remains one of the most contentious and fought-over pieces of land in the modern world. Over time, Jews, Christians, Muslims, ...

Anti-Semitic posters denounced by campus-wide community, now face judgment

By Mitzpeh Staff @Mitzpeh In 1644, John Milton made the case for a  “Marketplace of Ideas” in his poem “Areopagitica,” and hundreds of years later, we still struggle to put it into practice. This theory, expounded upon in Justice Oliver ...

David Friedman: ally or threat?

By Jake Baum For the Mitzpeh @JakeatUMD In the hyper-nuanced, ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, peace should always be the endgame. If we want to justify American interventionism, we must be in pursuit of the values that define us ...

Relaxation, self-care important during spring break

By Jacqueline Hyman Editor-in-chief @jacqbh58 Now that Purim is over, we have another “holiday” to look forward to: spring break. The problem is, most people don’t treat this as an actual break -- and trust me, I understand why. Papers, ...

Israeli baseball team capitalizes on Jewish identity, builds winning team

Ross Tanenbaum For the Mitzpeh @terrapins360 Team Israel has been shocking other countries in the World Baseball Classic, but what might be even more shocking is its roster. The World Baseball Classic began on March 6, and the Israeli ...

As cemetery vandalism, bomb threats strike Jewish community, we must not show fear

By Max Breene Sports editor @maxbreene18 This year, threats against Jewish Community Centers have soared, tombstones in Jewish cemeteries have been toppled, and Jews across America are now asking the question: are we safe?   A March 2 CNN ...

Backman’s Corner: Why do we dress up on Purim? Where did this tradition come from?

By Eli Backman For the Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh It all started one year after someone celebrated a little too hard and didn’t want anyone to know who he is, was and what he did… Okay the story of Purim, Cliff notes style: Characters listed in ...

Politics in class: “alternative facts” or necessary discussions?

By Jake Baum For the Mitzpeh @JakeatUMD In early February, in a segment about the “far left agenda” on college campuses, Bill O’Reilly claimed that “higher education is the biggest threat to Americans right now.” His guest on the show ...