Making a Difference

The haftarah reading for this week’s parshah is about four lepers who were rejected from the Israelite city that they lived in. During this biblical time, there was a war between a nearby Aramean army camp and the city. The city was under siege and was running out of food. The four lepers were also… Read More

A-Plus for Israel

Editor-in-Chief

All too often, the news coming out of the Holy Land isn’t good. If it isn’t war, it seems, it’s terrorism. And if it isn’t a stunning military victory on the part of the Jewish state, it’s an ill-timed government decision being decried by the international community as undermining the potential for peace with the… Read More

Not Worth the Schlep!

“Worth the Schlep” is a great title for a useful service. And it is so Jewish sounding. So why do you permit the inclusion of such entries as the advice for Saturday 18 “Year of the Dragon” in the JT’s April 10 edition. I must admit that even if Fishbone, Black Angel Down and Pokeweed… Read More

Don’t Give Publicity to Anti-Israel Groups

Pro-Arab, anti-Israel groups should be of concern to anyone interested in the future existence of the State of Israel (“Taking on the ‘Israeli Lobby,’” April 17). Using every tactic to place Israel and its leaders in an unfavorable light presents a threat to Israel and its special relationship to the U.S. Over the past few… Read More

Jalisi Should Resign

American culture has morality standards for our political leaders. We have seen many a politician forced to resign for unacceptable behavior. Even sports figures are suspended for offensive behavior just for the accusation, without guilt proven in the court of law. Locally, we have elected Delegate Hasan Jay Jalisi who has been avoiding the scrutiny… Read More

Yom Ha’atzmaut, When Everyone Is Proud To Be an Israeli

David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel, said, “If you do not believe in miracles, you are not a realist.” For centuries, Jews were expelled from the countries of their birth, forced to find a country of refuge. Sixty-seven years ago, the State of Israel was established, and for the first time, Jews felt… Read More

Lessons of a Passover Diet

This year, I have been contemplating a lot about the Passover diet. Not the abundance and mass consumption of matzah and eggs. Rather, I’m fascinated by our consumption (pun intended) with what eat and the elimination of many common foods from our diets during Passover. More than any other holiday, Passover is the most widely… Read More

King James Meets ‘Rocky Top’

There’s no doubt that the Bible is a popular book. Jews and Christians love it (although the contents of their Bibles differ). For Muslims, too, the Bible is divine revelation. In Tennessee, some want to make it an officially recognized state symbol, along with the tomato (state fruit), milk (state beverage) and rescued dog or… Read More

Reasonable People Can Agree

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider 
Al-Abadi meets with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
(JAMES LAWLER DUGGAN/REUTERS/Newscom)

Last week, in a spirit of political compromise that has been in short supply for the past several years, the Obama administration and senators from both parties agreed to an oversight role for Congress in connection with any final deal with Iran on its nuclear program. In a unanimous vote, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee… Read More

Kosher Laws Connect the Generations

This Shabbat, we read Parshat Shemini. In this parshah, Moses speaks to Aaron and the Israelite people, saying, “These are the animals that you may eat.” The Torah indicates the specifications for land animals, fish, birds and swarming things. In addition to the subject of kashrut discussed in this parshah, I find the topic of… Read More