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By DAVID FILIPOV and DAVID FILIPOV,BOSTON GLOBE | April 2, 2006
DEAD SEA, JORDAN / / It's high noon at the lowest point on Earth. A French couple are bobbing in the water effortlessly, holding hands and whispering sweet nothings. A German tourist is lying on the surface, reading his newspaper and sipping a bottle of mineral water. A Russian man is posing for his wife, sitting upright in 10 feet of water, his arms crossed on his chest, floating in the sea as if it were his personal, adjustable mattress. Swimming in the Dead Sea is as easy as lounging on a poolside chaise.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
Anne Smedinghoff wanted to help the people of Afghanistan, those who knew her say. The 25-year-old Johns Hopkins University graduate was attempting to deliver textbooks to school children there when she and four other Americans were killed in a car bomb blast Saturday. She was "always trying to get out and do things for the population," her father, Tom Smedinghoff, said from his home in Illinois. "She really felt she was making a difference. ... She was doing what she loved and she was doing great things.
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By Doug Struck and Doug Struck,Jerusalem Bureau | May 13, 1993
JERUSALEM -- If you built a hotel along something called the Dead Sea, you would expect it to stay, well, dead. Or at least level.But owners of hotels on the southern tip of the Dead Sea have been watching a Lazarus-like rise of the water at the rate of nearly 8 inches a year.In a year or two, the waters could be licking their way into the nearest ground floors. Property owners in Ocean City could appreciate the problem."In five to 10 years, the hotels would find themselves floating in water," says Dan Ratzkovsky, who is in charge of the Nirvana Hotel.
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December 5, 2009
The Baltimore Hebrew Institute, the successor to Baltimore Hebrew University established this year at Towson University, is introducing itself to the greater community on Sunday with a lecture on the Dead Sea scrolls. Lawrence H. Schiffman, chairman of the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, will present "Decoding Early Judaism: Reflections on the Contributions of Dr. Joseph Baumgarten" at 4 p.m. in Room 4110 of the new liberal arts building at Towson.
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By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,Sun Staff Writer | December 18, 1994
Maryland motorists will find winter driving a little less slippery on certain highways thanks to a chemical from the Dead Sea.Officials at the State Highway Administration have decided to expand their use of magnesium chloride to melt ice and snow. Last year, SHA crews tried it for the first time with dramatic success."This stuff will work at 13 degrees below zero," marveled Gail A. Courtney, the SHA's deputy chief engineer for maintenance. "It keeps the highway clear when salt alone doesn't do much.
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By New York Times News Service | July 6, 2008
JERUSALEM - A 3-foot-tall tablet with 87 lines of Hebrew that scholars say they believe dates from the decades just before the birth of Jesus is causing a quiet stir in biblical and archaeological circles, especially because it may speak of a Messiah who will rise from the dead after three days. If such a messianic description really is there, it will contribute to a developing re-evaluation of both popular and scholarly views of Jesus, because it suggests that the story of his death and resurrection was not unique but part of a recognized Jewish tradition at the time.
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By Dan Berger | January 3, 1996
This is an election year. Duck.Scientists in Israel and Bethesda have isolated the gene for grumpy. The gene for cheerful eludes them.The leading folk of the Eastern Shore should retreat to the shores of the Dead Sea to resolve their differences.N May the New Year bring blessings no worse than last year's.
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By STANLEY A. BLUMBERG and GWINN OWENS | October 12, 1993
That historic handshake in Washington between leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel has already resulted in a decision by the Clinton administration to commit a preliminary $250 million in economic aid for the Gaza strip and the Jericho area of the West Bank. Further commitments are expected from the World Bank.The apparent new order also radically alters the role of Jordan, dramatized the other day by another Washington handshake under President Clinton's auspices. This one linked Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Crown Prince Hassan, brother and foreign minister to Jordan's King Hussein.
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By Robert Ruby and Robert Ruby,Jerusalem Bureau of The Sun | December 18, 1991
An article in The Sun yesterday incorrectly identified Lot as the son of Abraham. He was Abraham's nephew.The Sun regrets the errors.MOUNT SODOM, Israel -- Pity the most famous woman of Sodom, for whom the end may be near.She is known by the name of her husband, the man called Lot. She is said to have been disobedient and was severely punished. The punishment never ends since she was turned into a pillar of salt.That is the Old Testament version, a part of the book of Genesis with lessons about obedience and trust.
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By New York Times News Service | September 23, 1991
JERUSALEM -- Government officials in charge of Israeli antiquities warned a major U.S. library yesterday against going ahead with a decision to make photographs of the Dead Sea Scrolls available to all researchers without restriction.The Israelis said that the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif., would be violating long-standing agreements if it carried out its plan.But within hours of the warning, the library opened the collection, declaring its action a blow for academic freedom.Earlier in the day, the Israelis charged that the move would set off a stampede by scholars that could prevent a "definitive interpretation" of the ancient documents from emerging.
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By New York Times News Service | July 6, 2008
JERUSALEM - A 3-foot-tall tablet with 87 lines of Hebrew that scholars say they believe dates from the decades just before the birth of Jesus is causing a quiet stir in biblical and archaeological circles, especially because it may speak of a Messiah who will rise from the dead after three days. If such a messianic description really is there, it will contribute to a developing re-evaluation of both popular and scholarly views of Jesus, because it suggests that the story of his death and resurrection was not unique but part of a recognized Jewish tradition at the time.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,Sun Reporter | September 6, 2006
When Stephanie Lerner's parents encouraged her to spend time in Israel before her senior year at Park School, she didn't want to go. Despite her faith, Lerner said she never felt "any true visceral connection" to the Jewish homeland. Mark and Traci Lerner, however, knew from their own experiences in Israel as teenagers that being there likely would evoke strong feelings in their daughter, too. Her curiosity grew and she decided on a six-week cultural immersion program that fit between field hockey camp at Wake Forest and a family vacation in Spain.
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By DAVID FILIPOV and DAVID FILIPOV,BOSTON GLOBE | April 2, 2006
DEAD SEA, JORDAN / / It's high noon at the lowest point on Earth. A French couple are bobbing in the water effortlessly, holding hands and whispering sweet nothings. A German tourist is lying on the surface, reading his newspaper and sipping a bottle of mineral water. A Russian man is posing for his wife, sitting upright in 10 feet of water, his arms crossed on his chest, floating in the sea as if it were his personal, adjustable mattress. Swimming in the Dead Sea is as easy as lounging on a poolside chaise.
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By TONI STROUD SALAMA | September 25, 2005
You could easily spend a month in Israel and not see it all, so rich are its attractions. But there aren't many of us who have the time for a monthlong tour, much less the funding. A happy compromise might be the "8 Day Affordable Israel" guided tour from Gate 1 Travel. It handles all the details, hits the high points, then leaves you some free days for exploring on your own or adding optional day tours. Rates vary by departure date. Basic deal: $2,844 per couple, assuming a Dec. 6 departure.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | May 11, 2004
Samuel Iwry, one of the world's leading Hebrew scholars and an authority on the Dead Sea Scrolls, died of a stroke Saturday at Sinai Hospital. The Mount Washington resident was 93. Dr. Iwry was born and raised in Bialystok, Poland. He was a direct descendant of Rebbe Israel Baal Shem Tov, who lived from 1700 to 1760 and was founder of Judaism's Hasidic Movement. He graduated from Warsaw University, the Higher Institute for Judaic Studies and the Teachers College of Wilno, Poland. After the Nazi invasion in 1939, he wandered from Warsaw to Moscow to Tokyo, and finally to Shanghai.
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By G. Jefferson Price III and G. Jefferson Price III,PERSPECTIVE EDITOR | June 8, 2003
The Jordanians must have been relieved if all President Bush and his arrangers asked for during his short visit to the Hashemite Kingdom last week was the construction of a bridge over a swimming pool at King Abdullah's palace in the Red Sea resort of Aqaba - even if they did have to tear down the first one for a bigger model. When the president's father visited Jordan in 1986, as vice president, his handlers came up with some really outrageous - even insulting - requests. The bridge for young Bush, we are told, was built to create an historic photo moment, featuring the president walking side-by-side with Prime Minister Arial Sharon of Israel, Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah.
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By Doug Struck and Doug Struck,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 21, 1994
DEAD SEA COAST, Jordan -- On a sultry day at the lowest spot on earth, top officials of Jordan and Israel met yesterday to pledge their nations to peace instead of war.Israel's chief peace architect, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, flew by helicopter 10 miles across the hazy blue Dead Sea dividing Jordan and Israeli-held territory, and was greeted by Jordanian Prime Minister Abdul Salam Majali.Their handshake put a symbolic-- though not yet formal -- end to the state of war that has existed between the two nations since 1948, when Israel was born.
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By STORY AND PHOTOS BY LISA ALCALAY KLUG and STORY AND PHOTOS BY LISA ALCALAY KLUG,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 25, 1998
Israel's four seas -- the Red, the Dead, the Bread and the Med -- are the stuff miracles are made of. At Israel's southern tip, the Red Sea, of Cecil B. DeMille fame, is host to tropical fish, coral reefs and dolphins that commune with humans. At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea not only rests in the lowest place on earth; its unique, mineral-rich waters also offer unparalleled relief to skin and respiratory ailments. The freshwater Sea of Galilee, where the miracle of the loaves and fishes was recorded, draws Christian pilgrims to its many holy sites.
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By STORY AND PHOTOS BY LISA ALCALAY KLUG and STORY AND PHOTOS BY LISA ALCALAY KLUG,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 25, 1998
Israel's four seas -- the Red, the Dead, the Bread and the Med -- are the stuff miracles are made of. At Israel's southern tip, the Red Sea, of Cecil B. DeMille fame, is host to tropical fish, coral reefs and dolphins that commune with humans. At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea not only rests in the lowest place on earth; its unique, mineral-rich waters also offer unparalleled relief to skin and respiratory ailments. The freshwater Sea of Galilee, where the miracle of the loaves and fishes was recorded, draws Christian pilgrims to its many holy sites.
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By Dan Berger | January 3, 1996
This is an election year. Duck.Scientists in Israel and Bethesda have isolated the gene for grumpy. The gene for cheerful eludes them.The leading folk of the Eastern Shore should retreat to the shores of the Dead Sea to resolve their differences.N May the New Year bring blessings no worse than last year's.
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