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

The Deal with Iran: Is It Really So Good ?

Guess the author of this reaction to the American (and P5+1) led treaty with Iran to be signed in June: “This is a dangerous agreement, particularly for Saudi Arabia … it provides Iran with what it needs most to pursue its wars and expansionism against the Arabs. Lifting the sanctions is America’s way of backing… Read More

Why Doesn’t World Care about Palestinian Refugees in Syria?

It’s happening again — Palestinian refugees are caught between warring factions in the Middle East and the world is reacting too slowly to their plight. In earlier times, Palestinian refugees found themselves in the crosshairs at the Sabra and Shatila camps, when Lebanese Phalangists massacred them while Israeli forces stood by. Now it’s the Yarmouk… 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