Keep It Simple

I find, “The synagogue, residing at …” and “a kind of bricolage …” in the JT’s “Winands Road Synagogue Set to Close,” (Dec. 23) completely unwarranted since it is a person who resides, not a building, and bricolage is a word perhaps 1 percent of your readers may have ever seen before. Why do you… Read More

Civil Liberties at Risk

Several “Your Say” letters in the past few weeks have questioned the strength of the Democratic Party since Donald Trump’s presidential victory last month. The real situation is that the party racked up around three million more votes than Trump. Furthermore, Trump won with one of the lowest electoral totals. Trump’s strategy was to call… Read More

Illogical Letter

Gary Kaplowitz’s lashon harah in his Dec. 2 Your Say letter “Be Wary of Democratic Party” belies logic and denies reality. Like a “Fox,” he contends that the Democratic Party’s “campaign rhetoric has incited the worst racial, ethnic and religious strife since the 1960s.” In point of fact, Donald Trump first established his political currency… Read More

Say No to Trumpistan

Presumably channeling America’s boorish commander-in-tweet, Gary Kaplowitz’s Dec. 2 Your Say letter “Be Wary of Democratic Party” heralds a fear society instead of a free one.  De facto, he “Trumpets” an America devoted to the isolation of Muslims; the oppression of minorities of color; the deprivation of the First Amendment liberties currently enjoyed by Americans;… Read More

Glaring Omission

I could not help but be drawn to the Jewish Times’ Nov. 25 story, “A Labor of Love,” on Beth Israel Congregation celebrating 60 years of growth and development. The piece did mention that it was started by 10 Jewish families and was  located in Randallstown prior to its current location. My family and I… Read More

Strange Bedfellows

At first, I could not figure it out. Morton Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America, defends  the appointment of Stephen Bannon to a top White House position (“Bannon and Breitbart: Friends of Israel,” Nov. 25)? This is surreal, and for Jews, civil libertarians and others, scary. Bannon, according to The New York… Read More

Love Thy Neighbor

Thank you for the thoughtful article by Daniel Nozick (“Love, Acceptance: Our Neighborly Pledge,” Nov. 25) about “V’Ahavta L’Reicha Kamocha,” presented in memory of H. Allan Lipsitz by the Rabbi Mark G. Loeb Center for Lifelong Learning at Beth El Congregation. The article captured the substance and spirit of learning together with four outstanding rabbis,… Read More

What Other Country?

Based on “ceding heavily Arab populated areas of Israel proper — specifically in the Galilee — to the Palestinians,” the JT’s Nov. 25 editorial, “Settlements Again,” states that Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman “hasn’t explained how he proposes to get Israeli citizens to agree to become part of another country.” I’m not sure what other country… Read More

Sadly, Compromise Is Long Gone

The JT’s article about Bernie Sanders promoting his progressive politics (“Bernie Is Back,” Nov. 25) reminded me of one of my favorite quotes by Abraham Lincoln. Paraphrasing, Lincoln said, “One can judge a man’s character by how he treats those who can do him absolutely no good.” I definitely do not agree with all of… Read More

Why No Mention of Rabbi Essrog?

How could the JT publish a long article about the history of Beth Israel Congregation (“A Labor of Love,” Nov. 25) without once mentioning the late Rabbi Seymour L. Essrog? Isn’t that Rabbi Essrog in your picture, wielding a shovel as “Beth Israel members and clergy break ground at the congregation’s then-new home on Liberty… Read More