Israel: A Trip Worth Taking

The picture of the young man in Israel (our grandson) that was included with the JT’s May 29 story “Dollars and Sense” was outstanding. It shows reflection and dedication, and it is wonderful that our young people have the chance to visit there. We hope all the students who have visited — or will visit… Read More

American Pharoah and Jewish Law

The JT’s June 5 editorial “The Crowning Glory of American Pharoah” describes owner Ahmed Zayat as “… deeply religious, observing Shabbat even on the days his horses race – he apparently stays with family and friends in hotels near race venues, arranges catered kosher Shabbat meals and walks to the races – is a testament… Read More

Abolish Amtrak

Reading the JT’s article on the Amtrak disaster (“Dreams Derailed,” May 22) saddened me. I have been a severe critic of Amtrak and the way it does business since the late 1980s. Any passenger who rides Amtrak is taking a serious risk in terms of his/her safety. Would you believe that from the time I… Read More

Fox Is Good News for Israel

Steven Weissman in his Your Say letter (“Israel Doesn’t Need Fox News,” May 22) comes to an incorrect conclusion. Fox News is the broadcast news outlet that is the most supportive of Israel both in its regular news presentation and with its daily commentators. Fox News constantly has guests and regulars on its programs who… Read More

Gov’s Decision Slams Book Shut

Many thanks to Marc Shapiro for his coverage of the 2015 Maryland General Assembly session (“Lawmakers Look Back on Session,” May 22). One item of importance to many in the Jewish community is a program that provides aid to nonpublic schools for the purchase of textbooks and computer hardware and software. Begun under the Glendening… Read More

Nobody Asked, But Here’s My Take

Ambulating through the May 15 issue of the JT: > Regarding the editorial “Free Speech on Z Street”: Get real! Z Street is a sock puppet of the Zionist Organization of America and its deceitful head Morton Klein. Why does Z Street need tax-exempt status, anyway, i.e., a subsidy courtesy of U.S. taxpayers? After all,… Read More

New Obits Format Is Upsetting

Regarding Jay Caplan’s “Not Happy with New Format” for the JT’s obituaries (Your Say, May 15), I agree 100 percent. I’m sure this is not the first letter you’ve received regarding the new format. I have also written to webmasters but to no avail. Short of calling me an idiot for not liking the new… Read More

JT’s Absence Was Readers’ Loss

On May 11, several hundred Jewish community members came to celebrate Baltimore Zionist District’s 69th Brandeis Gala. They came to hear a living hero, Lt. Gen. Benjamin (Benny) Gantz of the Israel Defense Forces deliver a keynote address as this year’s Justice Louis D. Brandeis awardee. The general joins such illustrious people as Natan Sharansky,… Read More

Improper Question

The May 15 Your Say question, “Will the Justice Department’s investigation of the Baltimore Police Department result in more effective policing for the city?” seems as if the JT already has convicted the police. My question to the JT is: Where is the evidence, where is the proof, and where are the witnesses? I don’t… Read More

Last Line of Defense

Editorial Director

In case you haven’t noticed, Hebrew school, that bastion of non-Orthodox supplemental religious training, is a thing of the past. In the evolution of American Jewish life, the Sunday schools and religious schools of past generations have given way to “experiential Wednesdays” and “Jewish discovery labs.” And whatever you do, don’t call it “Hebrew school.”… Read More