Letter Writer Misses the Point

Robert Frey’s Aug. 15 letter “Use Diplomacy Not Bombs,”  while obviously sincere and heartfelt, is also hopelessly naive and misleading. True, the U.S.- led efforts to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons have been successful but by most reports haven’t accounted for all of Assad’s arsenal and has been described by some Middle East experts as a… Read More

Proud of BZD’s Efforts

Israel has been incurring the wrath of an inordinate amount of detractors for protecting and defending herself and her citizens in the face of neighbors who act on plans for her eradication. We at the Baltimore Zionist District recently introduced our community to a unique resource created to counter this sentiment — the Bomb Shelter… Read More

Community Colleges Make a Difference

It was with great interest that I read the Baltimore Jewish Times’ Aug. 15 iNSIDER article “Community Colleges: Worth a Second Look.” After all, I won first prize, a $25 savings bond, by writing an essay, “Why a Junior College Should Be Established in Baltimore,” in June 1946. I was 18 years old, and having… Read More

U.S. Must Acknowledge Truth about Gross’ Mission

Thank you for your concern about Alan Gross (“A Call for Help,” Aug. 15). However the editorial is 100 percent wrong: Publicly, the government is saying the right things. For example, National Security Council spokesman Patrick Ventrell said last week that “we use every appropriate diplomatic channel to press for Mr. Gross’ release, both publicly… Read More

Cherishing One’s Family History

Thank you for an excellent and very interesting article (“Digging Up My Roots,” Aug. 15). I have been interested in my family history for 40 years, since I was 14 years old. I was fortunate enough to know my paternal grandmother, who passed away at age 83 when I was almost 17 years old; my… Read More

Which Rally Did You Go To?

The Jewish Times’ Aug. 7 article, “Baltimoreans Rally over Gaza” says that hundreds of people showed up. As the first one there at 3:30 p.m. and leaving after Mincha and tehillim at around 8 p.m., I saw a different reality. With plenty of video and pictures to prove the point, and having spoken to the… Read More

Like Father, Like Son

A line from Joshua Runyan’s Aug. 15 Opening Thoughts (“Looking to the Past for Our Future”) brought to mind a line from a radio program starring ventriloquist/comedian Edgar Bergen and his wooden dummy Charlie McCarthy that aired from 1937 to 1956. “The son is the acorn,” Runyan wrote, quoting Alan Arkin’s Dr. Sheldon Kornbett in… Read More

When Will Our Leaders Stand Up for Israel?

Over the past month, two local events were organized in response to the war waged by Hamas against Israel   On July 17, the Baltimore Vaad HaRabbonim convened a Communal Gathering for Unity and Prayer at Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion, and on July 21, The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore organized a gathering of solidarity at… Read More

The Apartness of the Jewish People

Joshua Runyan concludes his Aug. 1 Opening Thoughts column with a comment about Israel and Jewry having to “go it alone.”  Presumably Balaam’s observation (Num. 23:9) about such apartness of the Jewish people underlies this remark. The Afrikaner (South African) word meaning apartness is apartheid. Logically, an apartheid people have every right to live as… Read More

Use Diplomacy, Not Bombs

Civilians have paid a horrific price in the ongoing violence in Gaza. I hope my members of Congress will support and work for a lasting cease-fire that includes lifting the Israeli blockade of Gaza. The U.S. has particular responsibility to help end the killing, since U.S. weapons are fueling this conflict. The International Committee of… Read More