A Safe Haven? We’ll Take Baltimore

When the Parti Quebecois took power in 1976, threatening to separate Quebec from Canada, more than 100,000 Anglophones left the province, mostly Jews because of the long history of anti-Semitism in Quebec (“A Safe Haven,” Dec. 5). My husband and I were one of the many who left Montreal in 1978 and never returned. Baltimore… Read More

Chabad, Orthodox? I Don’t Think So

The story of a Chabad-Lubavitch conclave (“Rabbis Unite!” Nov. 28) quoted one organizational official as citing the case of public menorah lightings as illustrative of the “radical change” that Rabbi Schneerson sought to promote. Truth be told, this is a parade example in which Chabad, while pretending to be Orthodox, is anything but. The mitzvah… Read More

Let’s Not Lose This Important Event

The Baltimore community is in danger of losing a unique and underappreciated event, and few people seem to be aware. The Pearlstone Beit Midrash — the brain-child of Aaron Shamberg, which was developed by Jakir Manela, executive director of the Pearlstone Center, into an event attended by close to 200 people annually — will not… Read More

Use Restraint, Not Gun

My father was a park policeman in Boston 82 years ago. He did not have a gun, just a billy club. He told minor crime offenders to leave the park; maybe, and only on rare occasions with major crimes, would he be forced to use his club. If there was a major crime, he called… Read More

Wrong Name To This Miracle

There was never an Israeli military operation named “Operation  Entebbe” (“Shalom USA Signs Off,” Dec. 5). The operation to rescue the Air France passengers and crew was called  “Operation Thunderbolt.” It was then renamed “Operation Jonathan” after Jonathan Netanyahu, who was killed during the mission. In this season of celebrating miracles the JT owes it… Read More

We at the BZD Mourn with Israel

The horrific slaughter of four rabbis, who were reciting morning prayers in a Jerusalem synagogue, is still one more reminder of the hatred and outrageous actions perpetrated by Palestinian terrorists in the name of Islam (“Horror in Har Nof,” Nov. 21). Equally disturbing are the wild, joyous celebrations that occurred among Palestinians, both in Gaza… Read More

Thank you, JT

Every week I look forward to reading your thorough coverage of the Jewish world. I read the heartbreaking article about the funerals of the murdered rabbis (“Horror in Har Nof,” Nov. 21). Many news organizations, even The New York Times, reported thousands came to pay the rabbis their final respects. Even the sad  photo and… Read More

Democrats Painfully Quiet in Primary

I respectfully disagree with Doug Gansler when he stated that the reason he lost the gubernatorial primary election was due to the Democratic establishment and machine (“Gansler Looks Ahead,” Nov. 21). I voted for Gansler in the primary, but, unfortunately, the voter turnout for that election, I believe, was less than 20 percent. The voice… Read More

Look to Torah for God’s Forgiveness

I was shocked and saddened about the scandal related to Rabbi Barry Freundel (“Prominent Rabbi Arrested,” Oct. 17; “Freundel Had Planned More Student Tours,” Oct. 31). As a former Washingtonian and author of “The Jewish Community of Washington, D.C.,” I had visited Freundel’s synagogue, Kesher Israel, on a number of occasions. My great-grandfather, Morris Garfinkle,… Read More

Shame on Hogan’s Dishonest Campaign

The election of Larry Hogan as governor is a good example of what is wrong with American politics (“Hogan Dominates, Nov. 7). His campaign repeatedly criticized the O’Malley-Brown administration for its tax increases. Let’s look at the facts. In 2008-2009, the nation went through a recession in which millions of people lost their jobs and… Read More