King James Meets ‘Rocky Top’

There’s no doubt that the Bible is a popular book. Jews and Christians love it (although the contents of their Bibles differ). For Muslims, too, the Bible is divine revelation. In Tennessee, some want to make it an officially recognized state symbol, along with the tomato (state fruit), milk (state beverage) and rescued dog or… Read More

Reasonable People Can Agree

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider 
Al-Abadi meets with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
(JAMES LAWLER DUGGAN/REUTERS/Newscom)

Last week, in a spirit of political compromise that has been in short supply for the past several years, the Obama administration and senators from both parties agreed to an oversight role for Congress in connection with any final deal with Iran on its nuclear program. In a unanimous vote, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee… Read More

Coming to Terms

Rabbi E.B. “Bunny” Freedman
(Photo provided)

When confronted with the emotional and medical complexities of death and dying, a caring chaplain can make all the difference. Consequently, hospice is one of the few areas of the American health care system that requires spiritual care be provided, said Dr. Gary Applebaum, national medical director of Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care. Medicare pays… Read More

Golden Opporunity

A delegation from the Jewish National Fund-USA visits a classroom used for the new practical engineering program at Erez College in northern Israel.
(Jewish National Fund)

Jobs are coming to northern Israel in the country’s fledgling natural gas industry, and Erez College is opening the door to those new careers. People have long joked that after 40 years in the desert, Moses still led the Jews to the only place in the Middle East without oil or gas. In 2009, that… Read More

Joining Together

Israelis in the Netherlands celebrate Purim at an event organized by the Dutch Israeli scouts movement Hatsofim. 
(Courtesy of Hatsofim)

Whenever he would fly from his native Israel back home to the Netherlands, Serge Lypcyz would bring a heavy load of Hebrew-language books with him. Lypcyz and his Israeli friends in Amsterdam depended on such shipments — not only for reading material in their native language, but also to feel connected to their country of… Read More

Damage Control

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The talk at Rabbi Michael Friedland’s Seder table in South Bend, Ind., was about Memories Pizza in the small Indiana town of Walkerton. Not that the celebrants already had tired of unleavened food — rather, they were bemused at how the restaurant owner’s stand in favor of the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act was… Read More

Future of Mosque Uncertain

AMC Baltimore bought the Slade mansion with the intention of renovating it and using it as their house of worship.
(David Stuck)

The building at the corner of Park Heights and Slade avenues was supposed to open as the new home of the Ahmadi Muslim mosque, but it appears that its doors remain closed. As of the last JT reporting, the Muslim congregation was using its location on Garrison Boulevard for worship and Sunday school until the… Read More

GWU’s Swastika? Not

Things are actually worse at George Washington University than the JT’s article (“Hate Crime or Not?” April 10) indicates because the object in question is not a swastika, but rather an Indian religious symbol that could be mistaken for a swastika. It’s as if a student were thrown off campus for posting a Jewish six-pointed… Read More

Obama’s Blind Eye

J Street pushes back by making demands on Israel and giving Palestinian leadership a forum to talk but strangely ignores making demands on the Palestinians. They are providing cover for President Barack Obama to escalate his feud with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (“A Troubling ‘Reassessment’ with Israel,” April 3). All of Israel’s supporters, including those… Read More

One Movement, One Community

BBYO is a huge part of my life, just like it is for thousands of Jewish teens worldwide. And when I say worldwide, I mean it. BBYO touches the hearts of people across more than 30 countries. From Bulgaria to Argentina and Georgia to China, BBYO impacts so many people daily. Although I may live… Read More