Boycotts Much Ado About Nothing

A recent news item quotes a Knesset member from the Labor Party as saying that if Israel does not quickly agree to the creation of a Palestinian state, Israel will have “an image as a state worthy to isolate” (“Not Losing Sleep,” Feb. 14). Yet, Gallup’s annual world affairs survey, conducted in February, found that… Read More

State Bill Ill-Conceived

Israel’s policies toward its Palestinian residents is nothing short of outright racism (“Jewish Organizations Face Off,” Feb. 28). It humiliates men, women and children at checkpoints; its civilians beat, shoot and kill civilians; it steals their land to make room for those making Aliyah and all along screams “anti-Semitism” anytime people of conscience, Jews and… Read More

Rabbi’s Message Hits The Mark

What an inspiring message from Rabbi Ari Israel about respecting fundamental differences while forging common goals and positively challenging each other (“A Lesson in Communal Relations,” Feb. 27). This is the underlying mission of Limmud Baltimore, an entirely volunteer-driven nonprofit organization, which is now in its third year. At its core, the Baltimore Jewish community… Read More

Letter Presents Flawed Reading of History

I had to read Mr. Cohen’s letter several times to truly understand the mistaken information about the land of Israel’s place for the Jewish people (“Why the Need for a Nation-State?” Feb. 21). If, as Mr. Cohen says, a Jewish state was needed to give us self-awareness and security, why Israel? Go back in history… Read More

Keolis Already Came Clean

In the debate over the much-anticipated Purple Line, it’s been forgotten that Keolis has satisfied the 2011 legislation’s two conditions for being allowed to bid on transit projects (“Purple Line Under Scrutiny,” Feb. 21). The first condition was that Keolis issue an apology to Holocaust victims — which the company did. The second condition was… Read More

Let’s Not Forget Industrial Hemp

Aside from the question of the legalization of hemp for human consumption, perhaps the United States will grow more accepting of industrial hemp (“Candidates Game for Decriminalization,” Feb. 21). This is a natural product whose production and usage in the U.S. has suffered all of the years of opposition by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration…. Read More

Be Grateful!

With all due respect, how ungrateful are the Hyatts to their new home and the place that gave them a venue to continue to watch the Baltimore Ravens (“Jewish Geography Tackles the Super Bowl,” Jan. 31). They should have been pulling for their new neighbors and the Denver Broncos, not the Seattle Seahawks. That’s just… Read More

Focus on Your Mission

As someone who was also previously featured in the “Beshert” column with my Jewish wife, I must add my disappointed voice to Seth S.’s well-written letter (“Intermarriage a Disappointment,” Feb. 7). Although the JT does not bill itself as a “religious” organization, its admirable goal is to “build and strengthen the Jewish community,” and it… Read More

Why the Need for a Nation-State?

Rev. Chris Leighton’s wording about “the Jewish yearning for their own homeland” was meticulously chosen (“The Presbyterian problem with Israel,” Feb. 14). In the clash of narratives percolated by the Arab-Israeli conflict, spin and fact often seem interchangeable. Amid this epistemological morass, however, there abides the following historical truth: There is nothing in the traditional… Read More

Uncomfortable Conversations Valuable

Congratulations to Janet Kurland and Gail Lipsitz from Jewish Community Services on their article that appeared in The Associated insert Jewish Boomer (“5 Key Conversations With Your Parents,” Jan. 31). Their advice and observations are right on target and something we encounter every day with visits from families considering a move for their loved ones…. Read More