Join Others

Thank you for addressing the issue of suicide (“From Darkness To Light,” Aug. 2). On May 10, 2001, my talented, successful, charming husband, Jerry Bloom, ended his 20-year battle with depression by taking his own life. My sons and I were very grateful to the late Rabbi Seymour Essrog for having the courage to provide… Read More

Make No Mistake

Israel's Minister of Economy and the leader of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett (left), during his visit to the Jewish city of Ariel.
(“EU Guidelines: Wake-up Call Or Roadblock?” July 26) (CREDIT: Assaf Shilo/Israel Sun/Flash 90)

Make no mistake, the new EU discriminatory rules are anti-Semitic in effect and intent (“EU Guidelines: Wake-up Call Or Roadblock?” July 26). These rules promote a particularly insidious form of anti-Semitism, singling out Jews for boycott based on where they live and turning one Jew against another. This is not surprising, given Europe’s sordid history… Read More

We Must Acknowledge

Regarding Simone Ellin’s “Opening Thoughts” (July 26) and Barbara Bloom’s letter (Aug. 2): Columns, articles and letters published here during the past few weeks have reflected the Jewish community’s compassion, identification, anger, fear and confusion toward our African-American neighbors. If we really want to find a way to get along and do right by them… Read More

It Is Excruciating

Inveterate Obama-basher Barbara Bloom’s hysterical screed (“And Really Mean it,” Aug. 2) is one of the most intrinsically disordered “extravasations” I have ever come across. Analogizing the Benghazi incident — a lethal attack on a U.S. consulate by devout political adversaries — with the Zimmerman case, in which an unarmed juvenile walking home was killed… Read More

Negative Reaction

Barbara Bloom’s letter, “And Really Mean It” (Aug. 2) … prompted many negative reactions in me. … Bloom assures us that the surveillance and subsequent shooting of Trayvon Martin “was not a racial issue.”  And yet in the exact same letter, we are told that “wise Americans” are right to fear black people because supposedly… Read More

Working For The Greater Good

The editorial, “HIAS In Search Of A Mission” (July 26), touched a raw nerve. I was born in Germany and came to Baltimore as a 6-year-old with my parents and two older siblings. We were refugees from Hitler and were helped by HIAS. We were also helped by a number of others, most especially our… Read More

I Shudder To Think

The view that HIAS should simply fold up its tent because there are no more Jewish refugees to help represents parochialism at its worst (“HIAS In Search Of A Mission,” July 26). I am the son of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany who resettled in Baltimore in 1937, helped by HIAS. Nothing pleases me more… Read More

Overridden

I found your apologetic Helen Thomas editorial (“The Power of Words,” July 26) to be off the mark. It is not just “others” who said her hostility to Israel and Jews was there all along. She said it. Thomas made that clear in her March 2011 Playboy interview in which she claimed to believe in… Read More

It Is Easy To Forget

I want to commend Simone Ellin for her Opening Thoughts column on racism within the Jewish community (July 26). This topic is rarely discussed, but it is certainly one that needs to be brought to the forefront. I began to notice the pervasiveness of these racist sentiments in high school, when I first learned about… Read More

Sorry, Rubin!

In a letter positioned at the bottom of your “Your Say …” section (July 26), “Hebrew Christian” leader Barry Rubin complains that his letters are placed at the bottom of that section, below those of Jews for Judaism leaders and community rabbis. His sentiment: How dare the Baltimore Jewish Times give priority to Jewish concerns… Read More