Trump a Racist? No Way

Notwithstanding that Donald Trump has denounced racism, hatred, bigotry, Nazis, the KKK and white supremacists on numerous occasions, he is still considered a racist and/or a bigot and/or a Nazi by many on the left and even some on the right. So the question is, why? Here’s one reason: He hasn’t done the denouncing in… Read More

Barcelona Jewish Community Is Not Doomed

In the wake of the horrendous recent terrorist attack in my city, our chief rabbi declared that the Jewish community here is “doomed” and encouraged us to buy property in Israel. With all due respect to the rabbi, he is wrong. I am 34 years old and have lived in Barcelona since I was 4…. Read More

Being Zayde Embrace the Gift

No, you did not miss it. Yes, there’s still time, and maybe, just maybe, this is your year. “Really?” you might say. “Yes, really,” I would say. Each of us gets this gift each year if we only embrace it and make it important to us. Last month, I asked you to prepare for a… Read More

People of the Book The Xanadu of Kosher Food

Remember Miracle Market? The kosher supermarket that was open for just a few years in the ’90s? It was owned by the children of landsleit from my zaydie’s shtetl. My parents always remained friendly with them, and I vividly remember them joking around. My father once pitched them an idea for a advertising slogan: “Miracle… Read More

Charlottesville Echoes of Leo Frank

Mount Carmel Cemetery is located in the borough of Queens, N.Y. In Section 1 of the burial grounds rests the remains of Leo Frank, whose lynching at the hands of Southern white supremacists still resonates deeply within the conscience of American Jewry. In 1915, Frank was president of the Atlanta Chapter of B’nai B’rith and… Read More

Time to Act

President Donald Trump, special adviser Jared Kushner, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and new Chief of Staff John Kelly comprise the key actors in any attempt to secure a near-comprehensive peace agreement among Israel, its Arab neighbors and the Palestinians. They are trusted, pragmatic and without historical baggage. But, given the political turmoil in Washington,… Read More

45 Years Clean

A few weeks ago, my mother, Frances Gimbel, passed away at the age of 95. She was a wonderful women who gave much of her life to her family and to the Baltimore Jewish Community. She, along with my amazing family, saved my life from heroin addiction and a life of crime and despair. I… Read More

People of the Book The Jewish Responsibility

A friend of mine who may or may not be Marc Shapiro shared an article yesterday from the Forward about a Jewish journalist who saw the whole Charlottesville massacre transpire — and in circumstances like that, even one dead is a massacre. The article contained this quote: “Supporters broke out spontaneously with calls ‘The goyim… Read More

Hillel for All

As August draws to a close, universities across the country will welcome a new class of incoming freshmen to their campuses. For the next four years, these teens will master academic and social skills that will help them become productive members of our communities. At the same time, the next four years are a pivotal… Read More