The Ethics of Memory: Religious Amnesia and Social Justice Parshat Bemidbar and Shavuot

According to Scripture, Shavuot is not the holiday of matan torah, the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people, but rather a national festival. Deuteronomy 26 describes the ceremony performed on Shavuot by citizen-pilgrims offering up their bikkurim — first fruits — at the Temple. When you come in to the land that God… Read More

Hometown Connection

There is a Baltimore connection to the May 8 Focus on History story, “Nobel Medal of German Doc Who Shielded Jews Brings $395K.” Nate D. Sanders, of Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles that handled the transaction, was born in Baltimore, where he lived until he and his parents moved to Pikesville in the… Read More

Israel Doesn’t Need Fox News

Letter-writer Joseph Trost (Your Say, May 1) counsels Baltimore Jewry to “Turn to Fox News” for accurate and credible reporting and analysis when it comes to information about Israel and the Middle East. Ridiculous. And here’s the most recent example why. With regard to media coverage of the Baltimore protests and rioting, Baltimore Sun media… Read More

Unite Through Constructive Criticism

A May 8 Your Say letter (“J Street: No Friend of Israel”) states that we Jews are known for our “understanding nuance, etc.” I agree that criticism of Israel “does not mean that one is against the Jewish state,” but one might question the motives of a group such as J Street and some others… Read More

Terrorists Have No Place in Constitution

I would like to offer my comments to the May 8 editorial (“Muhammad as a Red Flag”). The “free speech” amendment was added to the Constitution because the Founding Fathers believed that discourse between people would lead to a better government. They did not envision an Islamic fanatical terrorist movement that believed in killing people… Read More

Rockin’ Seniors

Have you heard of the Invisible Generation? It is made up of citizens over 70 years of age. They are alive, active, alert, and, oh yes, they possess more wisdom than you could imagine. Have you seen 80- and 90-year-olds doing Zumba, Tai Chi, yoga, and ballet? Have you seen two 93-year-olds dancing the Lindy… Read More

Life’s Meaning

I don’t know the exact meaning of life or why we are here, but I like to think there is some purpose for our existence. Collective knowledge and experience transform us into the people we are. As Jews, we are taught that we have a common bond of history, fate and faith. And as the… Read More

My Message to the Man Who Attacked Me

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On a sunny morning last month, I was swept into the women’s section of the Western Wall in Jerusalem in a flurry of aggression directed at the Women of the Wall, the Israeli group fighting for women’s prayer at Jerusalem’s holiest site. One of the group’s male supporters, Charlie Kalech, was strangled and thrown to… Read More

The Freundel Sentence

Was justice served in the 61/2-year sentence Rabbi Barry Freundel received last week? In handing down the sentence, D.C. Superior Court Senior Judge Geoffrey Alprin told the former rabbi of Kesher Israel: “You repeatedly and secretly violated the trust your victims had in you, and you abused your power.” The sentence — about six weeks… Read More

It’s About the Funding

Eight riders were killed and more than 200 injured in last week’s Amtrak crash.
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Investigators are still determining the cause of the Amtrak crash that took eight lives and injured more than 200 riders of the northbound train in Philadelphia on May 12. But when asked whether Congress shared the blame because it underfunds the rail system, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) shot back: “Are you really going to… Read More