Analysis: Nelson Mandela And Zionism

Nelson Mandela in 2008. (South Africa The Good News)

In the coming days, there will be much reflection on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, following the former South African president’s passing on Dec. 5. And in the coming weeks, we can anticipate a febrile exchange over his true views on Israel and the Middle East. In the 1940s, many Britons could tell… Read More

Don’t Worry About It

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At a time when many in the Jewish community might be worried about their faith (rising numbers of Jews who say they believe in Jesus, declining numbers of young people who feel engaged in the Jewish community), Marcie Lenk, director of Christian programs for the Shalom Hartman Institute, has one thing to say: Don’t worry… Read More

Chester Silverman

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It would be difficult to find a person who has done more for war veterans and Jewish war veterans in Baltimore than Chester Silverman. So much of his life has been devoted to serving the community with which, even at 94 (this month), he is still a very active part. Though his walls are decorated… Read More

Herring Is Not Religion

The reputable car dealer’s advertisement in the local paper screams, “Brand New Mercedes — Only $500!” You get excited but think it sounds too good to be true. Upon closer inspection, it is. The car dealer is offering only the hubcaps of the Mercedes for $500. If you want the whole car, it will cost… Read More

Jewish Cultural Affirmation

Right now, there is just one way for someone who is not Jewish to become Jewish in a publicly recognized and officially authorized fashion: undergo religious conversion under the auspices of a rabbi. Whether the path to Jewish identification follows Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist or other auspices, conversion is explicitly and entirely religious in nature…. Read More

‘These Are God’s Kids, Too’

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They are hiding in the darkness of midnight on Jerusalem’s streets. They are in the clubs, on the corners, smoking weed, drinking alcohol. Lost. Once upright, observant boys from good families. Lost. That is, until Rabbi Moshe Zeivald finds them and brings them to Kfar Zoharim in central Israel. The kfar (“village” in English) is… Read More

Lights. Chanukah. Action.

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Over the last week, the skies of Jewish Baltimore have been aglow — not just from the chanukiot, but with fireworks and laser lights. Attendees at Beth Tfiloh’s Chanukah Fireworks Under the Stars on Nov. 27 enjoyed the color and excitement of the evening, despite some rain and the frigid temperature. Included in the evening… Read More

The Associated Raises More Than $1.2 Million On #GivingTuesday

Baltimore residents stepped up this #GivingTuesday and showed their support of the Jewish community. At the conclusion of this national day of giving, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore raised $1.264 million dollars, surpassing last year’s #GivingTuesday total of $1 million, the most raised by any nonprofit in the nation. The money raised will… Read More

For the First Time: A Hasmonean Building Uncovered In The City Of David

Researchers in Jerusalem discover a building dating back to the Hasmonean period.

In recent months, remains of an impressive structure from the Hasmonean period (second century BCE) have been unearthed in excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the Giv‘ati site, located in the City of David near the walls surrounding the Old City. Josephus wrote about Hasmonean Jerusalem, but it is only now that remains… Read More

Menorahs Vandalized in States, Abroad

Jews celebrate Chanukah in Budapest, Hungary.

Half-way through the Chanukah holiday, and already several chanukiot have been vandalized, according to JTA Wire Service. First, a 6-foot menorah in front of the Chabad Lubavitch of Utah was vandalized. Three branches of the menorah were ripped off its left side and dropped in front of the Chabad House in Salt Lake City early Sunday… Read More