Decadent, dairy-free cream pie is fine dessert

Some recipe ideas come together on the first try, without any mess or fuss. Others are true labors of love, like grains that simmer and simmer but never get soft until some unexpected moment at the end. This recipe happens to be one of the latter. Using tahini instead of peanut butter is one of… Read More

What will make your party memorable

You don’t have to reinvent the wedding reception to make your party unique and joyous. In realizing that goal, there’s nothing wrong with borrowing a little. How about making your entrance through an archway? “Guests can hold up an archway made out of halved hula hoops decorated with ribbon, glitter, colorful flowers, lush fabric or… Read More

It takes many faiths to repair a Torah scroll

Some people bond over coffee, others over lunch, but what about over repairing a 125-year-old Torah scroll? That is what brought 20 clergy, representing the three Abrahamic religions, to Oseh Shalom, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Laurel. The congregation began restoring its oldest Torah scroll in November and anticipates completing the project in May. Rabbi Doug… Read More

100-year-old Henry Morgenthau III waxes poetic

BALTIMORE — Reading to a crowd numbering nearly as many as his 100 years at the University of Baltimore Student Center Monday night, Henry Morgenthau III clearly has taken to his new vocation of poetry swiftly, recently and with great success. Then suddenly on a Sunday,/ talking recklessly while eating brunch,/ a gristly piece of… Read More

Day school teacher a suspect of sexual abuse in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — After a lengthy investigation, a former teacher at Yeshiva Boys School of Pittsburgh, an important institution in the Chabad-Lubavitch educational system, is a suspect in several alleged incidents of child sexual abuse. According to police, Rabbi Nisson Friedman, 26, who is well connected in the local Jewish community and is the son of an… Read More

The mixed bag of modern weddings

It wasn’t just any hike. As I walked through the Maryland forest, my mind sped through a wide range of emotions — joy, happiness, anxiety and excitement. I was hyper-aware of the sounds of birds, the occasional small animal running through the forest and the heat of the summer on my back. After a mile… Read More

Exhaustive volume traces Chabad Rebbe’s early years Review

“Early Years: The Formative Years of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson” by Boruch Oberlander and Elkanah Shmotkin. New York: Kehot Publication Society, 2017. 550 pages. $42. It is a story told in frayed telegrams and creased photographs, in faded script on yellowing notebook pages, in postmarked envelopes and stamped passports. It is the story… Read More

Amid mixed messages, LGBT community strains to grasp Trump’s views

The LGBT community, which in recent years has made strides in marriage equality and workplace protections, is struggling to understand how its members will fare under President Donald Trump’s administration. That is largely because they are not hearing a clear message from the new administration, they said. Trump made LGBT groups anxious during his election… Read More

After much prodding, Trump condemns anti-Semitism

President Donald Trump denounced anti-Semitism on Tuesday, a day after bomb threats were made to 11 Jewish community centers across the country and a large-scale cemetery was vandalized in the St. Louis area. Under pressure to condemn anti-Semitism in the wake of what has been called a rise in incidents since he was elected, Trump… Read More