Open Letter to Tom Brady, Master of the Inflated Lie

Dear Tom: I came to the United States after a childhood spent in hero-worshipping British soccer players. Whether from Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United or Arsenal, these teams contained individuals who were nothing less than divinely inspired in their extraordinary athletic abilities, heroic gamesmanship and the adulation they inspired because of the stratospheric standards of play… Read More

A Bar Mitzvah That Makes Us All Proud

Throughout my career I have attended well over 2,000 b’nai mitzvah, all of them are special and unique. Yet, every so often one Shabbat morning stands out from the others and I know that the Beth El community is celebrating a significant Jewish success. For the last 10 years, Beth El Congregation has committed itself… Read More

Whatever It Takes To Reduce Crime

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Let me begin by stating, unequivocally, that this is not meant as a criticism of either our city administration, the City Council, the Baltimore Police Department, the State’s Attorney’s office or the good people of our great city. To be sure, none of us is perfect, but then none of us is to blame either…. Read More

A Miracle in Baltimore?

Is it a miracle that the beautiful building of Shaarei Tfiloh Congregation, just 150 feet from where rioters tossed rocks at police and two blocks from stores that were devastated at the Mondawmin Mall during the recent Baltimore riots wasn’t damaged? My father, Dr. Nathan Drazin, became the first rabbi of Shaarei Tfiloh in 1933…. Read More

Anti-Semitism on Campus: Alive and Well

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As someone who has been critical about the sometimes overheated reaction to what is taking place regarding Jews on campus, I also believe it is vital to monitor the situation closely and to be able to re-evaluate as things may change. I still believe the vast majority of Jewish students have normal lives on campus,… Read More

Superstorms of a Socioeconomic Kind

“A rare combination of circumstances that aggravates a situation drastically, resulting in an event of unusual magnitude.” If you lived on the East Coast in 2012, you most likely remember Hurricane Sandy, frequently referred to as a superstorm by the media. This storm was the biggest of the year, caused the most damage and was… Read More

Life’s Meaning

I don’t know the exact meaning of life or why we are here, but I like to think there is some purpose for our existence. Collective knowledge and experience transform us into the people we are. As Jews, we are taught that we have a common bond of history, fate and faith. And as the… Read More

My Message to the Man Who Attacked Me

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On a sunny morning last month, I was swept into the women’s section of the Western Wall in Jerusalem in a flurry of aggression directed at the Women of the Wall, the Israeli group fighting for women’s prayer at Jerusalem’s holiest site. One of the group’s male supporters, Charlie Kalech, was strangled and thrown to… Read More

Frustration Is No Excuse

Let’s make something eminently clear: There were two kinds of protest taking place in Baltimore as a result of the tragic death of Freddie Gray in police custody. The first was from those who sincerely wanted justice and an explanation for the catastrophic and sudden end of Freddie’s life. The second was from those whose… Read More

Enhancing Jewish Life in Baltimore

Many of you know the JCC as a recreation, fitness and aquatics center with early childhood programs and camps, and truth be told, we do have excellent facilities and programs. But what many of you do not know is that the J is also like a big open marketplace, or a <em<shuk (as they call… Read More