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


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

Machzorim For Lund


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


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

Taxed & Overtaxed


Do you have a bank account in Israel? If so, let’s hope you filed the correct forms. Otherwise, you could be in for a criminal investigation and some hefty fines. That’s because early this year, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it was cracking down on people not voluntarily disclosing their inc-ome and funds in… Read More

Over The Red Line?


The news that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unfairly targeted conservative groups has brought a new spotlight on a 2012 lawsuit filed by the pro-Israel group Z Street. According to Z Street Director Lori Lowenthal Marcus, the IRS singled out the organization and failed to move forward its request for 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status because… Read More