For Maccabees, Goal Was Power

In “Chanukah and the Holidays” (Dec. 19), Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Druk characterizes the message of Chanukah as “the victory of freedom over tyranny.” This is factually incorrect.   Commenting upon the common belief that Judah Maccabee was a crusader for freedom of religion, Rabbi Jeff Goldwasser points out that this “statement is true only if you… Read More

Israel: Democracy Despite Its Faults

I think it’s ludicrous to spend time and money polling people on whether Israel should be a democracy or a theocracy. Surely, they’re not mutually exclusive. For those who are concerned that Israel will become “too Jewish,” fear not. One need only remember that Israel was founded by secular Jews and is home to an… Read More

Changing Times

Things are much different today (“United Stand,” Dec. 5). Police now have guns to protect themselves, and major crimes are worse than ever, as most offenders have guns. People who riot are idiots. If a black officer were to shoot and kill an unarmed white man, President Obama would never go on the news. Think… Read More

City College’s Nobel Prize Connection

This is in response to the articles regarding the special anniversary of Baltimore City College and its well-known alumni (“Baltimore City College Celebrates 175 Years,” Oct. 10; “City College Made Me,” Oct. 31). I’m sure there are very few high schools in the country that can boast a Nobel Prize winner among their alumni. City… Read More

No Doubt, Maryland Is a Southern State

Morris N. Saks (“Your Say,” Nov. 21 ) clearly is not a native Marylander and lacks a substantive knowledge of American history. Roy Amadeus (“Your Say,” Nov. 14) is correct: Maryland is very much a Southern state. Saks seems to be unaware of the scurrilous reference to President Abraham Lincoln enshrined in our state song,… Read More

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