In Search of Contemporary Heroes

The Jewish community is threatened. Queen Esther not only is silent, but also opposes the activism of Morde-chai. The response of Mordechai is blunt: “If you persist in keeping silent at a time like this, relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from elsewhere, and you and your father’s house will perish.” A chastened… Read More

Finding Community in Howard County

In 1994, I moved to the Baltimore area to attend dental school. Aware of the large active Jewish community in Baltimore, I longed to become involved, but as a student I had limited free time. I promised myself that I would, when time allowed, make involvement in Jewish organizations a priority. It was not until… Read More

BBYO and AIPAC: Leading the Next Generation

Being only 5 feet tall is pretty overwhelming when you walk around and are constantly being towered over. Often, you’re not heard or listened to because you are just so short. But standing in a room of more than 14,000 pro-Israel activists is beyond overwhelming. It is stunning, mind-boggling and absolutely amazing that I am… Read More

Sustaining Spring Showers: Dayenu

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I’m sure that few will lament the bitter cold winter leaving us as we enter spring  and, with it, the resurgence of life. March definitely has come in like a lion but hopefully will leave like a lamb, giving way to the more mild showers of April. Rain enables the rebirth of vegetation after winter… Read More

Does it Fit Our Democracy?

Freedom is every American citizen’s fundamental right. The most important part of an individual’s freedom is to be able to walk safely and freely on the streets of his or her own town. Back in the Soviet Union, the dictatorship took away the freedom, and sometimes lives, of its citizens. For those like myself who… Read More

Family Narrative

I recently came across an interesting article by Bruce Feiler in The New York Times that referenced a study by Emory University psychologist Marshall P. Duke. What he found, among other things, was that the more children know about their family’s history, the more they feel a sense of control over their lives and the… Read More

Birthright Change Not a Panacea

While changing Birthright Israel’s eligibility requirements to include young adults who previously participated on a teen Israel experience appears to be a worthy addition to the ubiquitous free trip program, it is, in fact, a mirage and a misstep. The change has the appearance of bringing more young people to Israel, but because the experience… Read More

My Involvement in Jewish Life on Campus

Having grown up at a Reform Jewish summer camp and in the Reform movement’s youth group NFTY, I knew Jewish life was something I wanted to hold onto in college. I attended the first Shabbat dinner of my freshman year, where I met peers who have become my close friends, and was motivated to apply… Read More

A Lesson in Communal Relations

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Please indulge me as I reveal a not so well-kept secret that I don’t mind professing to the world, or at least to this small corner of the global Jewish community: I love my family. I love my wife, Suzy. I love my kids. And in our particular home, we dispense a lot of love…. Read More

When We Are God’s Witnesses

I am writing this on a bitterly cold day. It was 3 degrees when I left for the gym before sunup, and now, at noontime, it is not noticeably warmer. I cannot stop thinking about those who do not have a warm, comfortable home as their refuge in this kind of adverse weather. Homeless shelters… Read More