Can You Spell Knaidel?

I’d be interested in knowing if any of the local Jewish comics (“Humor Us,” May 31) capitalized on the recent Scripps National Spelling (kvelling) Bee’s winning word knaidel (“How Do You Spell Knaidel,” June 7). Knaidel knowledge evolved into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a stand-up comedian. Rae Rossen Owings Mills

Pushing To Be Un-“Stuck”

Mazel Tov to Simone Ellin for her thorough and touching article “New Documentary Shines Spotlight on Flawed International Adoption System” (May 31). This is a crucial time for children languishing in orphanages worldwide. Ministry to the orphan is a tenet in Christian scripture and in the practice of most churches. We are taught to care… Read More

Agree To Disagree

I am happy that Issachar Friedmann took the time to reply to my letter on halachic issues in Eretz Israel. Regarding women dressing as men [Deut. 22:5], there are many interpretations, including the prohibition on women being combat soldiers bearing arms. The plain meaning, however, is that women should not dress as men and this… Read More

Surprised

I was rather surprised by Issachar Friedmann’s claim in his May 17 letter that “the standard interpretation of the Biblical prohibition [in Deut. 22:5] applies to cross dressing, not to any single item of clothing,” when the verse appears to be quite explicit in stating, “A man’s garment [singular] shall not be worn by a… Read More

Congratulations, Mark!

As board members of the Edward A. Myerberg Center, we enjoyed your May 17 pieces about Jessica Normington, executive director of the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce, and Mark Pressman, executive director of North Oaks (“Business Briefs”). As noted, Mark serves on the Myerberg board, representing the Chamber. In this capacity, he continually seeks ways to… Read More

Quality Education

As the parents of three students who attended the Day School at Baltimore Hebrew, we wanted to take a moment to let your readers know how appreciative we are concerning the education our children received. All children have their own unique needs. After three years at the Day School, we sent our youngest child to… Read More

Go To Israel

The Baltimore Zionist District shares Arielle Messafi’s comment that every Jew has an obligation to go to Israel (“Israel65. Celebrate!, iNSIDER, May 17). For over 30 summers, at the forefront of BZD’s mission is its Ultimate Summer Israel Experience for Jewish high school teens.  We are thrilled Arielle has chosen to experience Israel this summer… Read More

Art Outside

I want to commend Lisa Traiger for the wonderful article about the rebirth of Art Outside, the outdoor art show around the reservoir at Druid Hill Park (“Art Outside,” May 17). The show was a terrific outpouring of love of art and the outdoors in a beautiful spot in our wonderful city.  The park area… Read More

Won’t Be Missed

Contrary to the editorial, the presence of Stephen Hawking at an academic conference in Israel will not be missed, but he has shown his basic anti-Israel stance by this action. Scientists from the entire world will be there, with papers that indicate advances in all fields, including physics. Following the advice of Noam Chomsky and… Read More

The Dam Is Breaking

Stephen Hawking’s stance on boycotting Israel ought to be commended, and apologists for the Israeli apartheid government are scrambling for arguments that haven’t been worn out from overuse and lack of credibility (“Hawking’s Other Choice,” May 17). When someone of Hawking’s stature takes this position, perhaps it is time for many to start to re-evaluate… Read More