Good Deeds, Great Results

Who benefits from Good Deeds Day, the day of community volunteering that will take place in Baltimore and around the Jewish world on Sunday? Certainly the residents of the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital who have a playdate with toddler volunteers. So will the Oliver Neighborhood in East Baltimore, when volunteers arrive for an… Read More

Answering Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 
addresses the AIPAC policy conference a day before his controversial speech to Congress on March 3.

Now that some of the political dust has settled over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress last week, we join those who have tried to focus on what Netanyahu actually said and whether the issues he raised should impact Washington’s continuing negotiations with Iran. Although the headlines regarding the speech focused on Iran’s… Read More

Confirming Our Fears

The results of a new Pew Research Center study finding that global harassment of Jews has reached a seven-year high didn’t come as much of a surprise. With attacks against Jews in Paris and Copenhagen fresh in our minds, the conclusion seems self-evident. What was somewhat surprising, however, is that the years analyzed end in… Read More

Mikulski: Our Friend

Sen. Barbara Mikulski
(Melissa Gerr)

Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s surprise announcement on Monday that she would not seek a sixth term in the Senate in 2016 has thrown Maryland politics wide open. But whoever succeeds the much-admired, forceful and energetic Mikulski will find it difficult to break as much ground as the Baltimore native. The longest-serving woman in Congress, Mikulski… Read More

Answers, Please, on the Mideast

We know a lot more now than we did in 2001, when Congress authorized President George W. Bush to go to war against al-Qaeda in the highly charged aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Since then and a later 2002 resolution to authorize the Iraq war, we’ve seen executive powers used well (the 2006… Read More

Icon Makes Political Statement

Eli Wiesel has joined the Netanyahu debate with full-page newspaper ads.
(World Economic Forum)

Elie Wiesel has taken out full-page ads in The Washington Post and The New York Times in support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to address both houses of Congress. In the ads, the Nobel laureate says he will attend Netanyahu’s appearance “on the catastrophic danger of a nuclear Iran.” He then asks President… Read More

All About Shmuley

What’s with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and why is he attacking Eric Fingerhut, the president of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life? We have watched with interest as Boteach has expanded his areas of influence and claimed expertise. He moved from serving as a Chabad rabbi at Oxford University to styling himself an expert on… Read More

Not Just ‘a Bunch of Folks in a Deli’

Flowers fill a street next to a synagogue in Copenhagen, where a Jewish guard was 
killed on Saturday.

Was last Saturday’s deadly attack outside a Copenhagen synagogue during a bat mitzvah celebration resulting in the murder of a Jewish guard an anti-Semitic act? The question must be raised in light of the similarity to last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris, where gunmen killed four at a kosher market and another 12 at the… Read More

The Jordanian Option

Has the gruesome execution by immolation of Jordanian air force Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh tipped the balance in the Arab world against the Islamic State? The swift calls in Jordan for revenge and “relentless” war, apparently part heartfelt and part orchestrated, and the kingdom’s new openness about its airstrikes against Islamic State targets suggest that some… Read More

Schabas Rests

As chairman of a three-person U.N. human rights panel appointed to investigate violations during last summer’s Gaza war, Canadian law professor William Schabas was deemed by many to be biased against Israel. Last week, the Israeli government, which had not cooperated with the panel, prompted Schabas’ resignation by publicizing a legal opinion he wrote on… Read More