People of the Book Never Change, Pikesville, Never Change

Last year, to my astonishment, I started attending a synagogue. I won’t say its name, but it’s an urban synagogue full of exemplary people of principle who realize that Jewish values mean little unless they can be practiced in the world, ministering to people who do not have the advantages of the smug isolation that… Read More

People of the Book Barack Obama: Jew

When you read “Dreams from My Father,” the first thing to strike you is the freedom with which Obama’s family shaped its identity. Obama’s story is one of self-discovery. No Jew discovers himself, he’s told what he is from birth and discovers his place within his roots. The Dunhams, uprooted by the Great Depression, move… Read More

Too Many Lines Being Drawn

One of us is Orthodox; the other Reform. One of us is active in J Street and the other is a member of the Zionist Organization of America. On matters relating to peace and security in Israel, our perspectives are vastly different. What draws the two of us together is recognition that we are each… Read More

Appreciating Jewish Connections

Mazel Tov! I am helping my daughter plan her wedding in Israel. She has lived in Israel since she went on a gap year and she is surrounded by many of her closest friends from Baltimore who, like her, made aliyah, served in the IDF, attended university and established their lives in the Jewish state…. Read More

Reaching Out at a Local Level

This past week we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day in honor of an extraordinary leader and impassioned advocate who galvanized change through his eloquent words and decisive actions, emboldening our nation to live up to our founding father’s ideals and principles. As I reflected upon King’s teachings, there was one quote, in particular, that… Read More

In Israel, Unity Is Most Effective Response

Unfortunately, we as a society have suffered from terror attacks all too often. One might think it would be natural for a society, who has suffered as many attacks as Israel has, to become desensitized to these atrocities. Israel, however, has not succumbed to such a fate. We fight back, day after day, by uniting… Read More

People of the Book ‘The Brothers Ashkenazi’: The Giant Machine of History

Why is there no truly great Holocaust Novel? We have great Holocaust books, but no writer has ever been capable of conveying its tragic enormity. The few survivors dwindle rapidly from Old Age, the one killer the Nazis could never beat; and its most articulate witnesses, even world-renowned writers like Primo Levi or Elie Wiesel, can only tell… Read More

Are We Good Enough for Great Leaders?

Let’s go back in time to consider what it must have been like for people to be so motivated that thoughtful, successful and diverse minds could be willing to risk everything for a better future. They must have confounded the pundits, politicians and the people of their day to the point where they were not… Read More

Election Results, Family Conflicts

Since starting my training in 1967, never has any world event, including the Vietnam War, appeared to have had such a disruptive psychological impact on family relationships. Approximately 50 percent of my patients have displayed anxiety and/or depression associated with the campaign and election. Many have been distraught either by their own deep-seated concerns over… Read More

UN Calls It ‘Palestinian Territory’; History Says It’s Not

The U.N. Security Council resolution condemning “Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem” was one-sided and unfair. That’s obvious. The resolution certainly won’t encourage the Palestinians to negotiate, since they see they can get what they want without negotiating. No doubt about that. And the countries that voted for… Read More