Above The Stars

I’ve always found the naming of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s “Rosh Hashanah under the Stars” event, which is held each year at Oregon Ridge, particularly ironic (“Worth The Schlep,” Aug. 30). Here’s why: Parshat Lech Lecha recounts how God addressed Abraham’s concerns that he did not have any descendants to continue spreading awareness of God in… Read More

We Wish To Clarify

We very much appreciate the Baltimore Jewish Times’ interest in the story of parents making the choice to send Orthodox children to nonconventional schools, such as to public school (“School Choice,” Aug. 16).  However, we wish to clarify our position [and the community’s reaction]: The comments we received from those who felt strongly that we… Read More

None Better Than Poly

I want to congratulate you for publishing the story about Yitzchak Oshry, and I also want to congratulate his parents, especially his mother, Aleeza, for choosing what was best for her son and [for being] smart enough to ignore pressure from her … friends (“School Choice,” Aug. 16). I don’t know if most people in… Read More

That Is Kosher To Me

Regarding “The Kosher Machine” (Aug. 9): I come from a kosher, OU upbringing, having lived in Florida, Boston, New York and now here in Baltimore. … I do not run a restaurant or cater or have any family connection to the kashrut industry. But I watch [here in Baltimore] and see how [this hashgacha] …… Read More

The West Just Doesn’t Get It

Regarding the many articles the JT has run on issues in the Arab world, most recently “Another Syria?” (Aug. 23): While the so-called reforms in Tunisia, the hopeful beginnings of what were understood to be the Arab Spring, withers into a conspiracy of failure, unrest and ongoing intrafratricidal self-destruction, and Syria degenerates into a who’s… Read More

Big Relief

While the Jewish Times may not be everything everyone in Northwest Baltimore would like it to be, it serves a useful purpose, and it would be a tragedy should it ever disappear. After more than nine decades of ups and downs, its successful emergence last year from Chapter 11 bankruptcy was a welcome relief for… Read More

Disregard

Your decision to publish the full-page back-cover advertisement for the largest casino in Maryland in the Aug. 9 edition reflects a disregard for the long-standing policy positions of both Baltimore’s rabbis and our organized Jewish community. Since November 1995, the Baltimore Jewish Council, whose mission includes determining and communicating our community’s consensus positions on governmental… Read More

Absolutely Correct!

Calling upon the Jewish community to “Shun Henry Kissinger” (online only, Aug. 8), Jay Bernstein questions why the Tikvah Fund, “an organization dedicated to promoting ‘serious Jewish thought’ is “associating with a man responsible for one of the ugliest remarks ever made to an American president concerning the Jewish people.” Of course the Tikvah Fund… Read More

One Of The Righteous

No commandment is repeated more often in the Hebrew Bible than the admonition to “welcome the stranger [for we were once strangers in the land of Egypt].” And no Baltimorean lived these instructions more fully than Inge Weinberg, who, sadly, passed away this past week. Inge, herself originally a “stranger” to Baltimore — from Germany… Read More

Join!

Regarding the article “A Kidney for Harry” (Aug. 16): More than 9,000 people in Maryland rely on a dialysis machine to clean their blood because their kidneys have failed. The treatments they receive three times a week for four hours at a time help them stay alive. … And now, these life-saving treatments are being… Read More