This Year in Jerusalem

Passover in America is widely reported to be the most celebrated Jewish holiday of them all. More American Jews will attend Passover seders this week than will attend High Holy Day services this fall. No doubt this is due, at least in part, to homemade matzoh ball soup, various iterations of the recipes for sweet… Read More

People of the Book Lumpen with Talent

The Onion is my generation’s Mad magazine. It is, ostensibly, a satirical website, and a funny one, but sometimes they’re so spot on they cross from funny into painfully true. I read an Onion article last week with the headline: “97-year-old dies unaware of being violin prodigy.” The article stated that she spent her life… Read More

I Vote on Substance, Not Party

I am writing in response to an ideological and personal attack that was printed in the Jewish Times on March 31 (“Bobby Zirkin Doesn’t Represent Our Values”). First, it is important to consider the source. The writer of the mean-spirited and factually deficient editorial, Evan Serpick, is director of strategic communications for the Open Society… Read More

Dear Mr. Kushner … a Letter from the Other Side

I am not the obvious person to write a letter to you. We are different from each other in so many ways. You work for a Republican administration, and I am a life-long Democrat. Your family is from Belarus and Poland; mine is from Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Our visions and hopes for Israel are different… Read More

Bobby Zirkin Doesn’t Represent Our Values

I was a freshman at Pikesville High School when Bobby Zirkin was a senior and president of the Student Government Association — an early indicator of his political inclinations. A week before the year-end Spirit Week festivities, I was working with a classmate on a banner to represent our class when we got word that… Read More

In Search of Leaders

As former director of Jews for Judaism, I used to view my Orthodox Judaism as a badge of honor. I was part of a group that was upholding the values of my ancestors. I was a link to a people who had courageously refused to bow down to the gods of hatred, indifference, self-seeking and… Read More

Speak about Ethics, Not Politics

Talking about politics is toxic. Otherwise normal interactions feel tense. People are on edge. Relatives and close friends curtail their conversations, steering clear of politics, not wanting to lose their relationships. A deep partisan political and emotional divide affects us all. On both sides of this divide, people who agree speak about those who disagree,… Read More

Anti-BDS Bill Is Harmonious with First Amendment

The idea that governments can and should divest from companies that engage in behavior that is morally repugnant or that is otherwise determined to be contrary to the public interest is not controversial. Here in Maryland, this concept formed the basis for laws that in the 1980s divested the state from companies doing business in… Read More