Anti-Semitism on Campus: Alive and Well

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As someone who has been critical about the sometimes overheated reaction to what is taking place regarding Jews on campus, I also believe it is vital to monitor the situation closely and to be able to re-evaluate as things may change. I still believe the vast majority of Jewish students have normal lives on campus,… Read More

Superstorms of a Socioeconomic Kind

“A rare combination of circumstances that aggravates a situation drastically, resulting in an event of unusual magnitude.” If you lived on the East Coast in 2012, you most likely remember Hurricane Sandy, frequently referred to as a superstorm by the media. This storm was the biggest of the year, caused the most damage and was… 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

Frustration Is No Excuse

Let’s make something eminently clear: There were two kinds of protest taking place in Baltimore as a result of the tragic death of Freddie Gray in police custody. The first was from those who sincerely wanted justice and an explanation for the catastrophic and sudden end of Freddie’s life. The second was from those whose… Read More

Enhancing Jewish Life in Baltimore

Many of you know the JCC as a recreation, fitness and aquatics center with early childhood programs and camps, and truth be told, we do have excellent facilities and programs. But what many of you do not know is that the J is also like a big open marketplace, or a <em<shuk (as they call… Read More

Rebuild Baltimore

It was hard to be a Baltimorean last week on so many levels. If you watched the news and followed posts on social media during the violent protests that shut down our city, you know just how difficult it was. There were angry crowds spilling into the streets and horrific images in the media of… Read More

Planting the Seeds for Tomorrow

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Last month, our community marked Israel’s 67th Independence Day, with a variety of cultural events highlighting Israel’s remarkable achievements and the strong connection many of us feel to the Jewish homeland. Even more important are the interactions that happen year-round between individuals and families throughout our community and in Israel. Through The Associated: Jewish Community… Read More

Baltimore Riots: A Perspective From Ground-Zero

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When addressing current events or communal concerns from the pulpit, I endeavor to do so in the context of a Torah perspective. I always seek to distinguish between the Torah and my own opinion. What I share with you here is subjective. It is my hope and prayer that these personal reflections will offer some… Read More

A Letter to the Community

Dear beloved community, The events of this past week have shaken and rattled our community and city. What began as peaceful protests in response to police brutality devolved into widespread chaos and destruction.  As is often the case, there is a fine line between the holy and unholy, between raising a voice to power and… Read More