Life’s Meaning

I don’t know the exact meaning of life or why we are here, but I like to think there is some purpose for our existence. Collective knowledge and experience transform us into the people we are. As Jews, we are taught that we have a common bond of history, fate and faith. And as the… Read More

My Message to the Man Who Attacked Me

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On a sunny morning last month, I was swept into the women’s section of the Western Wall in Jerusalem in a flurry of aggression directed at the Women of the Wall, the Israeli group fighting for women’s prayer at Jerusalem’s holiest site. One of the group’s male supporters, Charlie Kalech, was strangled and thrown to… Read More

The Freundel Sentence

Was justice served in the 61/2-year sentence Rabbi Barry Freundel received last week? In handing down the sentence, D.C. Superior Court Senior Judge Geoffrey Alprin told the former rabbi of Kesher Israel: “You repeatedly and secretly violated the trust your victims had in you, and you abused your power.” The sentence — about six weeks… Read More

It’s About the Funding

Eight riders were killed and more than 200 injured in last week’s Amtrak crash.
(LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS/Newscom)

Investigators are still determining the cause of the Amtrak crash that took eight lives and injured more than 200 riders of the northbound train in Philadelphia on May 12. But when asked whether Congress shared the blame because it underfunds the rail system, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) shot back: “Are you really going to… Read More

Countering the Immorality of BDS

Alan Dershowitz: “[The BDS movement] is an attempt to persuade the current generation of college students that Israel is a major human rights violator and doesn’t deserve [their] support.”
(Melissa Gerr)

Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz, in dialogue with attorney Alyza D. Lewin, commenced the daylong event Academic Freedom at Risk: the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement Against Israel at University of Baltimore School of Law, hosted by Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. About 200 people,… Read More

Bumpy Road Ahead Can Netanyahu make new, narrow coalition work?

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Netanyahu, shown in the Knesset on May 4, managed to form a ruling coalition just 90 minutes before the deadline. 
(Miriam Alster/Flash90)

TEL AVIV — Seven weeks after he won re-election, Benjamin Netanyahu finally secured a fourth term as prime minister. With 90 minutes to go until a midnight deadline to form a governing coalition, Netanyahu concluded an agreement May 6 with the religious, pro-settler Jewish Home party that gives him the narrowest of parliamentary majorities —… Read More

Umami Not Closing

More than a month after the restaurant put up signs saying it would be closing, Umami Bistro remains open. And it will stay open, according to an employee of the restaurant and the developer who operates the shopping center Umami Bistro has called home for several years. A woman who answered the phone at the… Read More

Increased Inclusion at Area Synagogues

Two local congregations have taken new steps to make Shabbat more accessible to individuals on the autism spectrum. The Kolker Room of Beth El Congregation was filled with the sounds of children singing prayers and playing musical instruments at the May 2 Shabbat service led by Rabbi Faith Cantor and accompanied by Josh Bender on… Read More

BT Dahan Community School Earns Green Certification

Students at Beth Tfiloh celebrated Tu B'shvat while incorporating environmental issues into the meal.
(Photo provided by Beth Tfiloh)

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School has announced its certification as a 2015 Maryland Green School by the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education. “We are gratified to see the results of the incredible work that went into making this happen,” BT’s director of education, Zipora Schorr, said. Founded in 1999, the Maryland Green Schools… Read More

Keep SNAP!

I am outraged that some in Congress continue their assault on our neighbors struggling with poverty (“The Changing Face of Poverty,” March 27). When Congress finalizes its budget blueprint, this could make poverty and inequality worse. To help pay for new costly tax breaks for businesses and wealthy individuals, the House proposal cuts to the… Read More