Targeting the Islamic State’s Bottom Line

Speaking before the United Nations last week, President Barack Obama pledged to lead a global coalition of countries committed to degrading and destroying the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Alongside airstrikes, train-and-equip programs for moderate rebels and efforts to stop the flow of fighters into and out of the region, the president added that… Read More

What the Gaza War Taught Us

I was in Israel with my congregation when the Gaza War broke out. We had just sat down for our farewell dinner when we heard the red alert. Rockets from Gaza were on their way. The staff calmly directed us to its safe room. Thankfully, Iron Dome intercepted all the rockets, and we returned to… Read More

Connect With Us Online

The Internet has changed the way we communicate, shop and interact within our community. A national survey to mark the 25th anniversary of the Web, conducted by the Pew Research Center, quantified its incredible reach and impact. Today, 87 percent of Americans use the Internet, with near-saturation usage among those living in households earning $75,000… Read More

BBYO: A Truly International Experience

BBYO teens around the world had been waiting with great anticipation for the morning of Sept. 30, when online registration opened for the organization’s largest convention of the year — the International Convention. With more than 2,000 teens expected to register, BBYO staff nervously monitored its website, hoping it wouldn’t crash as the clock turned… Read More

Don’t Lose Sight of Terror’s Human Impact

In the wake of the historic verdict by a federal court in Brooklyn that found Jordanian Arab Bank liable for knowingly providing financial services to Hamas, it’s important to remember that the decision can be more than just a message to financial institutions doing business with terrorists. This landmark ruling should also be an incredible… Read More

Give People Hope: Restore Federal Funding for Medical Research

The failure of Congress to approve funding for the National Institutes of Health for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 is yet another blow to patients and families whose hopes for alleviating their burden of disease and disability are intertwined with groundbreaking biomedical research. On behalf of all the physicians, scientists and health professionals… Read More

Shemitah Is Coming! Shemitah Is Coming!

As the month of Elul — a time of reflection and preparation — draws to an end, I am followed with a different sense of excitement for this coming year on the Jewish calendar. Just as every seventh day of the week is supposed to be a Shabbat from the other six, so too every… Read More

Please Be Kind

I recently experienced my first anti-Semitic incident in five years of living here in Baltimore.  It happened at The 8×10, my favorite venue to hear great music. I was grooving to a real funky band, and I was wearing my kippah as I always do. Out of nowhere, a drunk but tough-looking guy came over… Read More

Be Visible; Make a Pledge

Is giving less valuable or rewarding when we as givers cannot always directly see or view the results of our generosity? I personally have had the privilege over my lifetime to contribute financially and to serve with hundreds of people who have given of themselves to help others. It is easy to see the deep… Read More

If God is Optimistic, Shouldn’t We Be Too?

One of Rosh Hashanah’s many significant themes is its commemoration of the creation of the world. I taught this to my son in the course of our Judaic learning sessions using Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s “Jewish Literacy” as a textbook. Only I became the student when I encountered a passage that jarred me by its perspective,… Read More