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For Jewish students who struggle to balance religious observances with school, September is a month of constant catch-up

By Chinonso Maduforo For Mitzpeh @Mitzpeh   For the many Orthodox Jews at this university, September is not just holiday time: It’s also an intense game of catch-up. “It’s a ripple effect. You fall behind one day and then another day because the chagim all collapse into one month,” said Eleanna Weissman, a sophomore ...

University professors, Jewish students hassle over holiday exemptions

By Eliana Block, for the Mitzpeh, @ElianaBlock When Noah Bar-Shain’s professor said missing his three-hour lecture for the final days of Passover was equivalent to missing a one-hour class three times, he quickly turned to Maryland Hillel. “Some students are religiously comfortable going to class on those holidays, but I personally, am ...