Save SNAP!

Every afternoon after work, my husband delivers leftover fruit and bagels from his company to homeless individuals who congregate near Health Care for the Homeless in downtown Baltimore. He’s earned the affectionate nickname “Bagel Guy.” His tzedakah, however much appreciated by these men and women, is a drop in a deep bucket of poverty and… Read More

Thanks for JVP Coverage

Thank you for your article about the JVP national members’ meeting (“Jewish Voice for Peace Converges in Baltimore,” March 20). I thought it was a well-done article, describing what happened there and the opinions of those who attended. I appreciate seeing unbiased coverage of an organization that is not necessarily popular among your readers.

Credit Where Credit Is Due

The Baltimore Jewish Times and the Baltimore Sun should both be applauded for featuring articles about women and child safety through important legislation addressing sexual assaults on college campuses and reducing the backlog on forensic investigations of rape kit evidence (“Reducing the Backlog,” March 20). Both of these issues are crucial to the safety and… Read More

Iran Nuclear Nightmare: Framework Fail

After more than 20 years of sanctions against Iran concerning its illicit nuclear program, President Barack Obama has not only precipitously squandered the international community’s economic leverage, but he has also collapsed diplomatic isolation of Iran that had been built up by Congress, six U.N Security Council resolutions and multiple presidents. Now, following over 18… Read More

Breaking Free from a Personal Mitzrayim

Passover is a holiday defined by coming out toward freedom. The Hebrew word for Egypt, mitzrayim, meaning, “from the narrows,” represents not so much a geographic location as a state of mind, from which each of us seeks liberation in our own way. In my case, I started life as a first-born son but could… Read More

Now for the Hard Part

The broad outlines of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, reached by international negotiators last week, offers both hope and concern about whether Tehran’s ambitions can be constrained in exchange for ending crippling sanctions and instituting a robust inspection regime by the International Atomic Energy Agency. But if ever the devil was in the details,… Read More

A Friend in Trouble

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference in 2013.
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In his support for Israel and criticism of nuclear negotiations with Iran, Robert Menendez, the Democratic senator from New Jersey, has been fearless and vocal. In his 2012 re-election campaign, he was the top recipient of donations from pro-Israel individuals and groups who gave him a total of $346,470, according to the Center for Responsive… Read More

Calling for a Boycott

In the article “Center of Attention” (March 6), writer Cnaan Liphshiz (of the JTA) describes the virulent and blatant anti-Semitism in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. Jews are openly harassed and discriminated against there, and these countries still venerate the Nazis and their pathologic hatred of Jews. We can fight back against these anti-Semites. We can… Read More

Jewish Museum Tackles Egyptian Afterlife

With their elaborate tombs filled with amulets, jewelry, food and cosmetics, the Egyptians certainly did not pack light for the afterlife. In a one-hour lecture titled “What the Ancient Egyptians Took with Them — and Why,” Betsy Bryan of Johns Hopkins University gave insight into the ancient Egyptians thoughts on death for a packed audience… Read More

From Darkness to Light

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Tonight, Jews throughout our community and the world will gather for the first Passover seder. While enjoying the elements of the meal that may be special to their families, they will embrace Passover traditions passed down from generation to generation. These unique touches and tastes make this holiday especially personal for each family. But the… Read More