Smear Campaign

I was surprised that the advocates of a bill to blacklist supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions didn’t say anything to defend Israel’s denial of Palestinian human rights (“An Impassioned Debate,” March 10). But they did take the time to baselessly smear Jewish BDS supporters as hypocrites. Is it possible that Del. Ben Kramer… Read More

A Return to McCarthyism

There are a number of serious problems with the anti-BDS bill (“An Impassioned Debate,” March 10). The bill is designed to coerce Marylanders and create fear right here in Maryland. A company or individual that cooperates with a boycott of products from “Israeli-controlled territories” — meaning settlements in the West Bank or East Jerusalem —… Read More

Morhaim: Principled Delegate

I am distressed by the unfair, overly punitive way that Del. Dan Morhaim (D-District 11, Baltimore County) has been dealt with by the House of Delegates and the governor, related to an incident with a questionable “appearance” (“Morhaim Reprimanded for Ethics Issue,” March 10). The medical marijuana legislation was crafted long before the incident in… Read More

In Difficult Time, ‘I Stand with Pride’

I am responding to the JT’s March 10 article “Morhaim Reprimanded for Ethics Issue” to provide further information. There are two standards in Maryland ethics law that could apply to my circumstance. The first deals with proper disclosure, and the second concerns actions that could lead to gain for a specific entity or person. I… Read More

Debate, Don’t Avoid

The so-called “anti-BDS bill” (“An Impassioned Debate,” March 10) would create a blacklist of individuals, companies and other groups that support BDS. This McCarthyist bill is an attempt to chill speech and dissent on this issue. Individuals and companies that don’t do business in settlements or with Israel would be punished. Similarly, the Israeli Knesset… Read More

Embarrassed by Dems

In response to the “Give Trump a Chance” letter of Jan. 27: I am a registered Democrat, and I am very upset with the current leadership of the Democratic Party. As a Baltimorean, I am frankly embarrassed by Nancy Pelosi, daughter of our former great mayor, Tommy D’Alesandro; and as a Jew, I’m very disappointed… Read More

Rabbi Landau Gets It Right

Kudos to Rabbi Chaim Landau for his March 3 column “Are Female Rabbis a Threat — or Is It the OU?” I have never read a more comprehensive summary of what defines the Orthodox Union today. The archaic, narrow-minded mentality to which Landau refers has, sadly, alienated the rest of the Jewish community for decades… Read More

Columns’ Fake Facts

Both of the March 3 “From This View” columns, “Dancing on a Volcano” by Evan Tucker and “Are Female Rabbis a Threat — or Is It the OU” by Rabbi Chaim Landau, suffer greatly by using fake facts as premises for their leftist-leaning conclusions. For example, Tucker states: “The center didn’t hold because the right… Read More

A Grandmother’s Pride

It was with much pride that I read the JT’s “Soldiering On” (Feb. 17) about those from outside of Israel who serve as lone soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces. My pride is in the fact that my grandson, Tzvi Rotenberg, served as a lone soldier in the IDF after completing his studies at Yeshivat… Read More

Shocking! Raskin Opposes Trump Nominee

Wow! How surprised I was to read that Congressman Jamie Raskin opposes nominee David Friedman as U.S. ambassador to Israel (“Nothing Diplomatic about an Ambassador Friedman,” Feb. 17). Being a member of the Democratic Party in 2017 means he would have to oppose every single one of President Donald Trump’s nominees. One wonders if he… Read More