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

The State of Israel’s Economies

After a terrifying summer of constant rocket fire into Israel from Gaza, this is an appropriate time to think not only about Israel’s geopolitical future (which is beyond this writer’s crystal ball), but also about Israel’s economies. I purposely use the plural because Israel’s economy is fractured along many fault lines. There’s the famous Startup… Read More

Taking Control, One Step at a Time

Imagine you must leave your home and fear for your life. You are thrust into living in a 10-foot-by-10-foot room shared with three strangers. How would you manage your space and possessions? I was recently asked to consider lending my expertise as a professional organizer specializing in closet design to improve the closet system at… Read More

A Tradition of Giving

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This summer, Jews around the world followed the fighting in Israel closely and sought every opportunity they could to help those in Israel whose daily lives were turned upside down by a constant barrage of rockets. At the same time, we watched in horror, as Jews in cities around the globe found themselves facing a… Read More

Limmud Means Learning

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been hooked on learning, especially Jewish learning. My first stumbling steps toward reading Hebrew led to a fascination with our people’s living ancient/modern language. Fortunately, my parents supported my desire to go to Camp Ramah, which in the 1950s immersed youth in eight weeks of Hebrew as… Read More