Another Van Hollen Defender

Rep. Chris Van Hollen has been unwavering in his support for the State of Israel. That’s why I was dismayed to read Brad Kauffman’s baseless attacks against him (“Democrats Must Be Held Accountable,” July 15). Van Hollen has consistently advocated for Israel’s security and qualitative military edge, championing American leadership to preserve Israel’s Jewish and… Read More

Israel Not a Partisan Issue

In his opinion piece, Mr. Kauffman does Israel no service by making the Jewish state a partisan issue (“Democrats Must Be Held Accountable,” July 15). Israel has supporters and unfortunately antagonists in both major parties, and if we care about quality of life and security in America as well as in Israel, we are most… Read More

Bringing Clarity to Senior Living

On behalf of the entire North Oaks community, I would like to thank the Jewish Times and members of the local community for joining us for the first lecture of the North Oaks Institute (“Speaker Series Kicks Off with Social Security Commissioner,” July 8). We were honored to have the acting commissioner of the Social… Read More

Same Old, Same Old

Did you ever go to Umami? Have you eaten at Red Goji?  Obviously not, because otherwise you never would have published the article that you did (“Red Goji Brings New Kosher Asian Cuisine,” July 8). It’s the exact same food, exact same menu, exact same restaurant. The only thing that changed (thank goodness) is the… Read More

Letter Writer’s Ignorance

Dr. Alan Kelman, in his Your Say letter of July 1 (“JT Story Troubling”), is sadly misled and misinformed concerning the tragedy of the Orlando, Fla., shootings. Homosexuality is not, repeat not, a choice as Kelman so ignorantly suggests. One does not wake up one day and decide to “consider” homosexuality. Coming out to one’s… Read More

Trump’s Scary Tweet

References to numerology on why Donald Trump should be the next president aside, I could not believe my eyes when I read Luke Sanders’ Your Say letter of July 8, “Look to Gematria for Trump Endorsement.” Perhaps Sanders was not informed or chose not to be informed about the most significant Trump tweet related to … Read More

Look to Gematria for Trump Endorsement

Shlomo Kahn (“Strange Bedfellows,” June 16) zogt emes (speaks the truth). Indeed, from a Jewish standpoint, Donald Trump is the authentic biblical candidate for president. After all, the real estate mogul’s most famous book is the “Art of the Deal.” The  Hebrew word for “deal” (i.e., contractual arrangement) is, of course, brit. The Donald is… Read More

Absurd Statements

Did Alan Kelman really say “considering homosexuality or transsexuality”? (Your Say letter, “JT Story Troubling,” July 1). Did he really ask, “What if this is a phase and the right psychotherapist working with these young men could turn them around?” What century is he living in? This astounds me. Being gay isn’t a choice or… Read More

Accept All People

After reading the article about the young adults who came to and will continue to come to terms with who they are and how G-d chose to make them, we are all aware that religiously observant Jews have specific challenges if they are not on the binary system of gender and sexuality within our Orthodox… Read More

A Show of Courage

Unlike Dr. Alan Kelman, whose July 1 letter “JT Story Troubling” criticized the JT’s “Orlando Shooting Brings UMD Students Out of the Closet” (June 24), I want to commend both the reporting and the courage of the young adults profiled in the article. I was appalled at the condescending and disrespectful tone of Kelman’s letter…. Read More