Steps in Restoring Justice

Today, there are an estimated 100,000 Americans in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. Ten thousand of them  are federal inmates. A fraction of those federal prisoners will benefit from President Barack Obama’s recent executive order to remove the most vulnerable from solitary  confinement. The president’s directive is an important step but just a start, in… Read More

Eugene Borowitz Defined Dilemma of the Modern Jew

Rabbi David Ellenson

In “Ethics of the  Fathers,” the rabbis teach that we must grant respect and honor to an individual who teaches us even the smallest bit of knowledge. For those of us who were the students of Rabbi Eugene Borowitz, who died last week at the age of 91, the obligation is increased a thousandfold because… Read More

Something To Cell-A-Brate!

Thank you for bringing Hadassah Hospital’s exciting announcement of a breakthrough in ALS research to your readers (“ALS Clinical Trials at Hadassah Hospital ‘Very Encouraging,’” Jan. 22. As president of Hadassah Greater Baltimore, I am prouder than ever of the researchers and doctors at our state-of-the-art hospitals in Israel who are dedicating their lives to… Read More

Nearly 1 Million Jews Erased From History

In an act more reminiscent of magician Harry Houdini than a major U.S. newspaper, The Washington Post omitted nearly 1 million Jewish refugees from Arab lands in a chart “A visual guide to 75 years of major refugee crises around the world” (Dec. 21, 2015). The online infographic, claiming to provide a “brief guide to… Read More

Reality Check on Crime Problem

After reading the JT’s “Wanted: Safe Spaces” (Jan. 15), I would be remiss if I did not make the following comments about the serious crime problem in Baltimore City. Until Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake admit there is a shortage of at least 300 officers in the city’s police department, we will… Read More

A Clear Message

Editor-in-Chief

Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio. Bernie Sanders. The Iowa caucuses are over, making the 2016 presidential election one for the history books well before its conclusion. For the above three candidates, the quadrennial Hawkeye State ritual was truly historic, as each one in his own way defied the predictions of the political prognosticators of both the… Read More

We Are All Jews, and More

President Barack Obama: “We’re called to live in a way that shows that we’ve actually learned from our past. And that means rejecting indifference.” (AUDE GUERRUCCI/UPI/Newscom)

President Barack Obama delivered a historic address last week at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. Speaking on International Holocaust Remembrance Day as medals were given to families declared righteous gentiles by Yad Vashem, Obama spoke passionately about “the reality that around the world, anti-Semitism is on the rise,” even going so far as to repeat… Read More

It’s the Jewish Thing to Do

Editor-in-Chief

As I’m writing this, my family is running around the three floors of a house that is not ours. We traveled up I-95 before the dreaded Snowzilla hit in advance of last weekend to attend a friend’s son’s bar mitzvah on Sunday. The blizzard made sure that the party was pushed off, and here we… Read More

Candidate Lennon Deserves Better

How is it that an article promoting Yitzy Schleifer’s candidacy in the City Council’s District 5 race ends up with a headline alleging anti-Semitism, based on one unsubstantiated quote from a Facebook post (“Alleged Anti-Semitism in Council Race,”  Jan. 15)? The accused, Derrick Lennon, also a candidate, is a longtime community leader who has worked… Read More

A Day School Umbrella

On many levels, Jewish day schools are flourishing in the United States. Notwithstanding our nation’s many good public school  systems, high-quality private school opportunities and a history  of integrating immigrants, Jewish day schools have successfully  offered an alternative that seeks to balance Jewish knowledge and culture with quality secular education and an involvement in and… Read More