Chanukah Ideas

As we approach Chanukah this year, we have an unusual occurrence: Chanuakh coincides with Thanksgiving. It is interesting to note that the Pilgrims left England for religious freedom [and that] the Maccabees fought in their own land for their religious freedom. We also know that the Pilgrims were very biblically oriented and knowledgeable; when they… Read More

Into The Community

One thousand residents of Northwest Baltimore came to Cross Country Elementary School to provide their input on how to spend a projected $750,000 in slots revenue in Fiscal Year 2015  (“Take Note: NW Baltimore makes voice heard at community planning forum,” Oct. 25). State law requires that a certain percentage of the proceeds from slots… Read More

I Know

I am among many who cheer your paper’s courage for writing so favorably about Elsa Newman (“Judaism Behind Bars,” Oct. 25). I’m a former Maryland child protective services worker. I met Elsa before the crime [conspiracy to murder] and was one of at least 13 who reported child sexual abuse [alleged against Elsa’s husband]. I’ve… Read More

Remarkable

Thank you for your article describing the plight of observant Jews in prison (“Judaism Behind Bars,” Oct. 25). I have known Elsa Newman for 12 years and have been amazed at her remarkable resilience and her commitment to Jewish values in the most trying of circumstances. There are many observers of her case, like myself,… Read More

Make Calls, Please

I want to thank Marc Shapiro and Maayan Jaffe for having the courage to write the story about the difficulty in getting a traffic light by the Bais Yaakov School on Smith Avenue. I would be remiss, however, if I did not make a few comments. My purpose in pushing for this story was not… Read More

Quick Clarification

I am very appreciative to the Baltimore Jewish Times and to Gabriel Lewin for the kind coverage regarding the rededication of the gravesite of Rabbi and Rebbitzen Abraham Rice (“Ha’Posek,” Oct. 18). Rabbi Rice represents a very significant historical figure in early American Jewish history. As well, his contribution to the preservation of traditional Orthodox… Read More

Advocating For The Deaf

I am writing this as a Jewish person requesting that your paper start supporting the deaf Jewish population by joining with JADE [Jewish Advocates for Deaf Education] to make Jewish events accessible to the deaf. One who is deaf should not have to be omitted from such important events because they don’t have an interpreter…. Read More

Sad To Say

Allow me to string together three articles that appeared in the Oct. 11 Baltimore Jewish Times. A JTA Wire Service item, “They Love This Stuff,” outlined “the battle over President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law … that led … to a shutdown of the government.” Judaism has a dog in this fight: Halacha regards health… Read More

Judaism Starts At Birth

As an early childhood educator with many years of experience in the field, I would like to comment and add to what Laurie Legum had to say about helping young children acquire a Jewish identity (“Mommy Musings,” Oct. 11). Children learn from the moment of birth; they cannot verbalize what they learn, but they are… Read More

Unilateral Withdrawal

In response to “Analysis: Our Time To Lead” (Oct. 4): A Palestinian state will eventually be established, but not in the framework of a peace agreement or by negotiations, but rather as a result of a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from the large majority of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel will not object to… Read More