Confronting Racism in Orthodox World

Chava Shervington

When I was 24, an Orthodox matchmaker tried to set me up on a date with a man older than my parents. When I objected, she told me, “Stop being so picky. Not many guys are willing to consider a black girl.” As an African-American Orthodox Jew, this was hardly my first encounter with the… Read More

Israel: Always Alone, Always Excluded

Rarely do remarks on polarizing topics open people’s minds these days, as our nation becomes ever more divided along political fault lines. Yet this month, Rabbi Moshe Hauer connected with nearly 2,000 people who gathered at Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion, an Orthodox synagogue in the heart of Baltimore’s Jewish Community. He reached people intellectually and… Read More

The Iran Deal’s Many Dangers

Abraham H. Foxman is the former national 
director of the Anti-Defamation League.

My long tenure as national director of the Anti-Defamation League is at an end. It has been a highly satisfactory and meaningful 28 years as director and 50 years as a professional at this prestigious organization. So why did I choose to write an article on my last day? It is the same imperative that… Read More

Reject Iran Deal

The Iranian nuclear agreement is dangerous and should be rejected (“End Run around Congress,” July 24). It leaves Iran with a vast nuclear infrastructure that openly or secretly permits weapons production. Other nations fearing Iran’s radical Shiite regime will race to get their own nuclear weapons. Moreover, ending sanctions will release $150 billion, allowing the… Read More

The Deal With Iran: Peace In Our Time?

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After years of negotiations, Europe and America have seemingly come to terms with the following fact: Iran is the devil who will have to be dealt with on terms that will possibly limit her threatening nuclear capabilities at least for now. After lauding the deal as an option that is better than war, President Barack… Read More

Pollution from Pets: A Serious Concern

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Baltimore County is cracking down on pet pollution. Robert E. Lee Park at Lake Roland is known for its dog-walking fun and stream wading in the tributaries of the Jones Falls. With the recent environmental restoration of the park’s trails and dog park, signage went up and regulations enforced to keep pets leashed and out… Read More

Getting Boots on the Ground

Sheldon Adelson’s goal to “put more boots on the ground” to fight BDS on college campuses is right on, and his recommendation to form an army of college students, dubbed “Campus Maccabees”, is essential.  However, the only way to rapidly recruit and train an army of Campus Maccabees is for Birthright Israel to lower the… Read More

A Sense of Proportion

“I find it difficult to visit Germany. I’m uncomfortable with the sound of the language, the police uniforms, the large industrial buildings. When I was first invited to participate as a golfer in this summer’s Jewish Olympics, the Maccabiah Games in Berlin, I declined.  Then I learned that the Opening Ceremonies for the Games would… Read More

Discovering Selflessness in a ‘Selfish Gap-Year’

I had looked forward to my year in seminary with great anticipation. Everyone I encountered informed me that my “gap year” would consist of one life-altering experience after another and that I had to make the most of every opportunity. But I was a little anxious about my ability to truly maximize the year. After… Read More

Powerful Lessons Well Learned

Debra S. Weinberg

Benjamin Franklin famously stated, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I will learn.” Franklin’s wise observation certainly supports the truism that experience is the best teacher. Rolling up your sleeves and immersing yourself with all senses engaged can have a much more profound impact than merely hearing or… Read More