From This View

September 18, 2013

Overnight, it seemed as if Baltimore began a frenzy of building. Out came the boards and metal poles, sheets of canvas and vinyl, bamboo poles and mats, clusters of fruits and colorful decorations. Sukkot is here! For thousands of years, Jews have erected temporary huts, which bec-ome our homes for the week of this beautiful CONTINUE »

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BY Jill Max
September 11, 2013

As summer draws to its inevitable close, I eagerly anticipate the back-to-school rituals that are invariably intertwined with the Jewish holidays. This year, the holidays are early. A rabbi once told me that the holidays are either early or late; they are never on time. I smile whenever I recall this notion. For those of CONTINUE »

BY Pam Weissman
September 11, 2013

There were two telephone lines in our New Jersey home. Liberty 8-7722 was the family line, and Liberty 8-4492 was my dad’s business line; 7722 was my line from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. No phone in my bedroom. I dragged the spirally, burgundy phone wire with the receiver attached to my ear all the way CONTINUE »

BY By Rabbi Geoff Basik
September 4, 2013

“We are One,” say the United Jewish Appeal campaign signs. A friend and colleague remarks, “Really? Isn’t it God that is ‘One’?” So I wonder, is there a connection between the oneness of God and achdut Yisrael, the unity of the Jewish people? Evidence of our disunity abounds; achdut Yisrael is apparently not descriptive. We CONTINUE »

BY By Rabbi Andrew Busch
September 4, 2013

A visit to a doctor may turn out with two kinds of statements: descriptions and prescriptions. The medical description is a diagnosis. The prescription might entail following a course of treatment or, for so many of us, being told simply to watch what we eat and exercise more. In a medical setting, we generally find CONTINUE »