Misbegotten

Joseph Feld’s spirited defense of Haredi practice (“Jewish law for Israel,” May 5 ) is misbegotten. For example, he offers the clothing ban of Deuteronomy 22:5 as halachic justification for those offended by the sight of the Women of the Wall draping themselves in a tallit. First of all, the standard interpretation of the Biblical… Read More

Like All Other Nation

With regard to the proposal of electing a “moderate chief rabbi … to help move toward gradual change in policies and procedures” (“Anticipating A New Israeli Chief Rabbi,” May 5), Israel is subscribing to the concept of n’hiyeh k’chol hagoyim, let us be as all the other nations.  Let the State of Israel be like… Read More

Yeah, What About Caregivers?

I share Benjamin J. Dubin’s concern about the unaffordability of home-care services for the majority of our community (“What About Caregivers?,” letters, May 3). The senior population is increasing at a very swift pace. Will our community be ready for this oncoming avalanche of seniors in need of support services? How will we come to… Read More

Renewed Interest

As a follow-up to Suzanne Pollak’s article, “Empowered” (May 5), it was great to relive Tsega Melaku’s amazing journey from Ethiopia to becoming a powerhouse within Israel’s Ethiopian-Jewish community.

Spring Safety Lesson

This is a letter/article submitted to The Baltimore Sun, before Mel Pachino’s accident (“Pikesville Pharmacist Mel Pachino Struck By Car, In Critical Condition,” online only, May 5), but it is very relevant here, too. The recent accident involving jogger Dr. Ted Houck (and now bicyclist Mel Pachino) brings to the forefront safety while running and… Read More

Welcoming An Old Friend

I want to thank the Baltimore Jewish Times and Maayan Jaffe for the beautiful article about B’nai Israel Congregation and our recent revitalization (“‘Over The Wire,” April 26).  I feel privileged to serve as the spiritual leader of such a unique and special community, especially at this time of exciting and unprecedented growth.

Religious Schools Are Religious

In response to the letter “No Need For Pride” (April 26), religion-sponsored schools have been trying to chip away at the wall of separation between state and religion for quite some time when it is to their financial benefit, claiming that it is possible to separate their religious and secular functions.

Like All Other Nation

With regard to the proposal of electing a “moderate chief rabbi … to help move toward gradual change in policies and procedures” (“Anticipating A New Israeli Chief Rabbi,” May 5), Israel is subscribing to the concept of n’hiyeh k’chol hagoyim, let us be as all the other nations. 

Not ‘The Wire’

Thank you for the excellent cover story on the historic B’nai Israel synagogue (“Above The Wire,” April 26).  My only criticism is associating our shul with “The Wire” on your cover and in the opening paragraph.  Our only concern with wires is how to string a kosher eruv to encompass our growing community, which now… Read More

Mazal Tov

While reading Melissa Davis’ article, “Looking Back” (April 19), I thought she was writing about me.  I, too, was in BBYO when in school and made many friends.  …  I, too, was the president of my B’nai B’rith Girls group called Balmap. When I finished school, the adult group requested me to join.  [Soon after],… Read More