Tzimtzum: How We Strengthen One Another

Years ago, a boss of mine assembled a large group of employees and challenged us with one sentence made up of 10 two-letter words: “If it is to be, it is up to me.” To be sure, I fully appreciate the role and responsibility we have as individual contributors. But I never really have been… Read More

Sacred Responsibility

Every June as I look around our community, I am inspired by the many graduates, decked out in caps and gowns, celebrating their accomplishments with their loved ones. For many, it’s the end of a journey they began when they were preschoolers and took their initial steps toward independence. Now, these young men and women… Read More

Let’s Break Political Intolerance

The shooting in Alexandria, Va., that nearly killed Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) should be a wakeup call for all of us concerned about today’s nasty political rhetoric. But instead of tamping down the political rhetoric, there are those who are seeking to politicize this tragedy by compounding the blame and hate. For instance, there is… Read More

British Jews Shouldn’t Give Up on Labour

For me, the main takeaway from the British election June 8 was that Jeremy Corbyn, far-left leader of the opposition Labour party, didn’t win it. Most of the ridicule in the wake of the election has been aimed at Conservative Party Prime Minister Theresa May for her political error worthy of an Elizabethan farce —… Read More

Ban on Partisan Pulpits Protects Religious Freedom

That small little law known as the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits electioneering by houses of worship and other charities and which President Donald Trump has vowed to repeal, is exceptionally important to preserve. Even if it is not widely enforced, the permission it grants to the Internal Revenue Service to pursue violators is critical to… Read More

Thank You, Howard County

I remember sitting on a bench at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, googling Howard County. That was almost two years ago. Since then, I have gone through an unbelievable journey of discovery. The people I have met and the places I have visited as Howard County’s shlicha (Israeli emissary) have changed me, and I am now… Read More

People of the Book Family Business

When you watch Officer McCluskey slug Michael Corleone, it should be impossible for a Jew not to wonder how often small Jews got beaten up in the eras of Henry Ford and Father Coughlin by huge Irishman. McCluskey is the old American alpha male — Scotch-Irish, brawny, mercurial, a little dumb. The old American alpha… Read More

What about Self-Defense?

Almost every day, we hear and read news about verbal and even physical attacks of Jewish students on college campuses. In many instances, it makes their lives very difficult and even dangerous. Some Jewish leaders and organizations have reacted in the following ways: appealing to authorities; appealing to college administrations; calling on Jewish organizations to… Read More

Join the Club

If you are reading the JT then you are already part of a club even if you think, like me, that you would “not join a club that would have me as a member.” There are many types of clubs one could join or just be considered part of. No, I am not talking about… Read More