An Open Letter in Memory of Elie Wiesel


Eli, I know we have never met before and I am not sure why this is bothering me so much. But for some reason, I feel compelled to share these words about you. You know, it’s funny because I never really had a clearly defined role model in my life before. However, looking back at… Read More


On June 19, 2016, Edward E. Obstler; beloved husband of Sonia Obstler (nee Gelblum); loving father of David (Thea) Obstler, Linda (Marshall) Rimerman, Steven Obstler and Nancy Obstler (Jenn Tapp); devoted son of the late Sarah and Joseph Obstler; loving grandfather of Brandon, Eric and Eliana Samuels, Alison and Andrew Obstler and Mallory Tapp Obstler. Services… Read More

Anniversary, Birthday, Jubilee Parshat Behar


My father worked for many years in the garment industry. I remember how happy we were as children when he found secure employment in a company that manufactured ladies’ apparel, known as the Jubilee Blouse Company. All that was a long time ago and I have since come across the word “Jubilee” countless times. But… Read More


On April 28, 2016, Petr Gokhvat; beloved husband of Yevgeniya Gitis; cherished father of Iosef Gokhvat (Rita Kikman) and Michael Gokhvat (Yelena Sokolov); devoted brother of the late Inna and Simeon Gokhvat; dear son of the late Pinchas and Rahel Gokhvat; loving grandfather of Yul (Craig) Taylor, Peter Gokhvat, Liza Gokhvat and Eugene Gokhvat (Melissa… Read More

A Jew’s Obligation

In a JT April 1 editorial, “More Than a Women’s Issue,” you don’t defend Jewish law and you always find fault with the Rabbinate. First, Hashem recognized that marriages could be dissolved in a divorce. The Torah stipulates that a husband writes a bill of divorce, known as a get, which means that he frees… Read More

Bill Clinton stumps at Leisure World


Former President Bill Clinton was in his element Wednesday, shaking hands with more than 300 residents at the Leisure World retirement community in Silver Spring and urging them to vote for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. “You live in the highest voting precinct in the entire state of Maryland,” he said. “The first… Read More

Good Deeds Done Well!

More than 1.5 million people worldwide took part in the 10th annual Good Deeds Day on April 10. Locally, the Jewish Volunteer Connection, the hands-on volunteer branch of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, organized many projects, some are pictured here. They included a Druid Hill Park clean-up, singing and dancing with residents of… Read More

A Delicious Sauce

Manischewitz has a new kosher for Passover product, 100 Percent Grape Juice, produced in partnership with Welch’s. I used to make this sauce, and it makes a good hostess gift. 1 cup grape juice 1½ teaspoons of sugar ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar > In a very small pot, mix grape juice sugar and balsamic vinegar. … Read More

Old-Fashioned Egg Balls for Chicken Soup Pareve

3 hard-boiled egg yolks ⅛ teaspoon regular or onion salt 1 teaspoon matzoh cake flour 1 raw egg yolk > Mash the hard-boiled yolks with the salt.  Add the flour and then the raw yolk and mix well. Using your hands, roll into chickpea-sized or bigger balls.  They will not expand. Add to simmering water… Read More