A Letter To The Government

Police are armed to protect the people. Without armed police there is no public protection. Why do all federal buildings have armed guards? Why are government employees protected by armed guards? Why do the Fortune 1000 companies have armed guards in their lobbies? Why are government officials protected by armed guards? Given perceived threats “you”… Read More

‘You Need Help’ Helpful

Mental illness must be unstigmatized. There are gaping invisible black holes between minutes, hours, days, months and sometimes years of indecision on whether or not to seek help. The fear of being permanently labeled or mislabeled by health professionals has tragically deterred adults and parents with children in debilitating pain from seeking treatment. The Jewish… Read More

Hagel Appointment A Disappointment

Chuck Hagel’s record as far as Israel and the American Jewish community indicates that his selection will be a disaster for our relations with the Jewish state. Even more important is what this tells us about the innate feelings of our now lame-duck president.   His appointment of Chuck Hagel tells the entire story, and those… Read More

Touchdown, Teacher!

I grew up in Baltimore, went to school at Pimlico and Western High and attended the University of Maryland. I left town in 1979 to work as a writer in Los Angeles. My first day at the Disney Studio, a secretary looked up from my paperwork and said, “Baltimore? That’s a good place to be… Read More

Playtime For Entrepreneurship

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During Chanukah, I asked my 5-year-old how many candles we needed for two chanukiot on the fourth night. While he calculated, my 3-year-old daughter told me she would get the box of candles. I watched, mouth agape, as she walked to the china cabinet, nimbly operated the child lock, reached over my great-grandmother’s pink antique… Read More

Discovering The Joy Of Hillel

A little over three years ago, I was going through the exciting and stressful process of applying to colleges; there were many factors involved, but a strong Hillel was not one of them, although I had grown up as part of a Reform Jewish Community. Certainly, I wanted a place to go for services during… Read More

Food Stamp Challenge

At a recent meeting sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council, I became aware of what is known as the Food Stamp Challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to raise awareness of — and support for — anti-poverty advocacy by requiring participants to live for a week on the budget of a food stamp recipient:… Read More

Israel’s ‘Super’ Half-Minute

Last year, it was the most watched television event in U.S. history with almost 111 million viewers. And in 2013, Israel will be represented. The Olympics? Nope. Hint: It’s the American version of the ancient spectacles at the Roman Coliseum. Yes, it’s the Super Bowl, and late in the fourth quarter of this year’s broadcast,… Read More

God Of Guns

A month after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, two haunting images are seared into my mind. The first is the smiling countenance of 6-year old Noah Pozner, the youngest of the 20 children to die in the shooting. Noah was hit 11 times and buried in a blue tallit that he will never… Read More

The Year Of Campaign Finance Reform

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The 2012 presidential election is history, and yet the alarming nature of how the race was funded remains a mystery. More than $6 billion was spent during the last election cycle — more than $2 billion by the presidential candidates and their Super PACs alone — much of which was undisclosed and devoted to attack… Read More