To Washington

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I was with “him” when Ron Dermer laced his address to the 2009 American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Dermer used the phrase five times in the first five minutes of the speech — the “him” being Binyamin Netanyahu. “I can shed a little insight into the mind of the Israeli prime minister,” Dermer told the… Read More

A Leader Who Responds

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“This is a good and important step forward,” said Nadine Sherif, an international advocate and employee at the Cairo Institute of Human Rights. Speaking from Egypt, Sherif said the overthrow of Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi and the institution of military law until true democratic elections can take place is “a call by the public. …… Read More

Machzorim for Lund

In Baltimore, as in most American cities, wearing a kippah (yarmulke) is something we do as an expression of our Judaism. Many of us wear one all the time, as a part of our everyday life. Some wear one for specifically Jewish occasions (weddings, funerals, or when praying, learning or entering a synagogue). Although traditionally… Read More

Egypt President Mohamed Morsi Ousted By Military

 Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist president of Egypt whose rule sparked protests that had engulfed the country since last Friday, was removed from power on Wednesday by the Egyptian military. The constitution of Egypt was also suspended. Egypt Army Chief General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said in a televised speech that Adly Mansour, chief justice of Egypt’s… Read More

The Price Of Jewish Blood

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With scooter helmets in hand, a man called Yohan and six buddies stroll around Paris’ 20th arrondissement. The seven look much like a typical group of French students — until they locate a group of Arab men they suspect of perpetrating an anti-Semitic attack the previous day. Using their helmets as bludgeons, members of France’s… Read More

Machzorim For Lund

There were many coincidences that informed my decision to personally travel to Sweden to deliver Machzorim to Lund. One of the most happy coincidences happened when I sent out a group e-mail asking if any of my cantorial colleagues had a Swedish connection. Imagine my surprise when Hazzan Edwin Gerber of Ohr Kodesh Congregation in… Read More

Vandalism Strikes Portland Jewish Institutions

Two Jewish institutions in Portland, Ore. — a synagogue and a community center — were defaced with racist graffiti. “White power” was written in red spray-paint on promotional banners at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center and Neveh Shalom, a Conservative synagogue, on June 27, police said, according to The Oregonian. Both institutions are located in… Read More

Student Killed In Egypt Was Active In Hillel, Motivated By Peace

 Andrew Pochter, the American student stabbed to death Friday during a protest in Egypt, was active in Hillel and motivated by a desire to encourage peace and democracy in the region. “He went to Egypt because he cared profoundly about the Middle East, and he planned to live and work there in the pursuit of… Read More

Machzorim For Lund

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I’ve never been to Sweden. To be truthful, I’ve never given much thought to Sweden at all. When someone mentions Sweden, I usually think of three things: • Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. • The Swedish chef from “The Muppet Show.” • Bob Hope… Read More

NSA And The Jews

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The revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that the government gathers and stores data on the public’s phone and Internet use as part of the PRISM program in the name of national security has renewed debate on questions over security versus privacy in the modern world. For the Jewish community, questions about… Read More