Bedouin Relocation: Unjust and Unnecessary

As a rabbi and a Jewish community leader who cares deeply for Israel and its people, I have a moral obligation to speak out against an Israeli government plan to forcibly relocate and resettle 30,000 to 40,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel because they are a non-Jewish minority. Bedouin communities trace their historical connection to the… Read More

37 Years, 3 Major Themes

I’ve  been writing for the Baltimore Jewish Times since 1976. Over the years, my articles have had three major themes: the foolishness of Israeli settlement building in the West Bank outside of the environs of Jerusalem; the lack of consistency of U.S. policy in the Middle East, most particularly toward the Arab-Israeli conflict, an inconsistency… Read More

Just What The Doctor Ordered

Being Jewish and a medical professional is an ancient tradition. This year we welcome the reactivation of the Doctors Division of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, the Maimonides Society. With just under 18,000 Jewish residents in 7,500 households, Howard County is consistently recognized as a wonderful place to live, boasting excellent schools, religious and… Read More

No Strife. No Confusion.

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I told my husband we were bringing latkes to my family’s Thanksgiving dinner last week. “Why? They’re not Jewish. Do they even know what latkes are?” he asked me. I grew up in an interfaith family. It is all I know. Though it sounds like a series of awkward adventures to other people, to me,… Read More

The Impact Of Israel

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Assimilation. Apathy.  Absorption. Last month, in the release of the Pew Research Center’s study of U.S. Jews, a bleak picture was painted of what the American Jewish community will look like by the end of this generation. On the other hand, there were highly optimistic numbers in certain pockets of our faith as well, with… Read More

Let’s Thank Family Caregivers

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Every November, the president of the United States proclaims that month as  National Family Caregivers Month.  It is designated as time to thank, support, educate and celebrate the more than 90 million family caregivers across the country who provide $450 billion in “free” care-giving services. It is hard to believe that two out of every… Read More

Thanksgivukkah: Abe Lincoln the Maccabee

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I have fond childhood memories of Thanksgiving. I can’t quite remember what was on the annual menu, but I do remember the feelings of familial warmth and cohesion. In the midst of the manic pace of life, the last Thursday in November offered us the opportunity to catch up and enjoy each other’s company. I… Read More

David vs. Goliath

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We all grew up with the biblical story of David and Goliath. Of all the various stories from the Bible, as a child it was the one I would read over and over again. The story of the young boy defeating — against all odds — the massive giant is a lesson we adults apply… Read More

Show, Don’t Tell

We all wonder why people either buy or don’t buy from us. You must understand your buyers’ psychology. In order for someone to make a purchase they must have the following three issues satisfied: > They must feel like they know you. > They must feel like they can trust you. > They must like… Read More

Twitter 101

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In light of the recent Initial Public Offering (IPO) a few weeks ago and many email requests to teach Twitter to individuals, here is a 101 tutorial on Twitter and how to tweet. Hopefully, you will see how its real-time strength works for businesses and creates opportunities to get messages out to the world. You… Read More