Guilford’s Fear: Islam

I believe that the Guilford community’s holiday tree has nothing to do with anti-Semitism (“Right to Light Denied,” Dec. 19). In accordance with its constitution, were it a Christmas tree, every religion would wish to install its version of religious observance. I believe it’s an attempt to prohibit inclusion of the crescent moon and star… Read More

Not So Surprising

In light of the current levels of anti-Semitism in the world, the decision by Guilford’s neighborhood association not to allow the display of a menorah is much ado about nothing (“Right to Light Denied,” Dec. 19). Guilford was one of those communities that prior to equal housing laws had a prohibition against Jews and blacks… Read More

A Tradition Is Born

I was upset to read that the Guilford Association denied a menorah display alongside its holiday tree (“Right to Light Denied,” Dec. 19). Shame on this refusal! For eons, Christmas trees have represented the non-Jewish faiths and was never a “Jewish” thing. I live in a condominium in Hunt Valley, and every year a large… Read More

A Show of White Power?

The Jewish Times’ analysis of the recent Maryland gubernatorial race (“Hogan Dominates,” Nov. 7) attributed Hogan’s victory to voter disco-tent with the O’Malley administration’s tax hikes. But the real “elephant” in the room of this unexpected GOP triumph lies elsewhere. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D.-La.) put her finger on it with her comment about ”the South… Read More

Freedom of Religion As a Power Grab

Saul Edelman was spot-on in noting that “For Maccabees, Goal Was Power” (Your Say, Dec. 26). Judah Maccabee was an advocate of freedom of religion in the manner of “freedom of religion” espoused today in America by many Christian conservative groups: namely, the freedom to impose one’s own dogma and practice of religion upon everybody… Read More

Menorah Claim ‘Baseless, Hurtful’

In response to your article “Right to Light Denied” (Dec. 19) in which both Dr. Gary Pushkin and his wife, Kathy Abbott, accuse the board of managers of the Guilford Association and the trustees of Stratford Green Inc. of being motivated by anti-Semitism in making their decisions regarding a request to place a menorah in… Read More

Chanukah Glitz? It’s Not Our Way

When I worked in offices, I was often the only Jewish girl. Come holiday time, I used to help decorate the office’s Christmas tree as a goodwill gesture. Why should I offend my Christian co-workers when they simply did not understand what a Jewish person was expected to do or not to do. In that… Read More

‘Deal with It’

John H. Wilcox (“No Doubt, Maryland Is a Southern State,” Dec. 18) is totally missing the point of the letter that I wrote Nov. 21 (“‘White Power’ Letter Is Insulting”). It was not meant to be an historical narrative. What happened in the Civil War has little to do with the events of the victory… Read More

‘Between’ Is Poor Choice of Words

The JT’s Dec. 5 editorial “The Irreplaceable Netanyahu?” referred to “increasing violence in Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians.” That terminology failed to make it clear that one side is the aggressor and the other side is simply defending itself.   Palestinian terrorists in Jerusalem have been ramming their automobiles into crowds of Israelis at train… Read More

Public Menorah Lightings: Yea or Nay?

The “Editor’s Note” (‘Your Say’, Dec. 19) is summarily contradicted by Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb’s “But by My Spirit” in the very same issue. This learned d’var Torah knows nothing of “various halachic decisors’” justification of public menorah lightings in violation of the Talmud.   Quite the contrary: The estimable O.U. luminary sharply contrasts the… Read More