Thank You, Chief Johnson

Over the past 12 years, I have had the honor to interact with an accomplished public servant, Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson. What impressed me most during Chief Johnson’s 12-year tenure was that the Baltimore County homicide rate was one-tenth that of Baltimore City, violent crime was consistently down to record low levels, and… Read More

Rabbi Not Required

The brouhaha over Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom’s stand on interfaith marriage is based on “fake news” — namely, that you need a rabbi to officiate at a Jewish wedding (“The Jewish Future,” Jan. 13). The Hebrew Bible only prohibited intermarriage with the seven Canaanite tribes; it was Ezra the Scribe who — unilaterally, autocratically, with no… Read More

Embarrassed by Remark

We are concerned about some of the generalizations made in “People of the Book?” (Jan. 6) by Evan Tucker. Regarding Jews, he states: “We’re difficult people at the best of times. At the worst of times? I don’t need to tell you.” We are embarrassed by such a remark because of its gross characterization of… Read More

Spector: ‘Watch Me!’

I want to thank Justin Silberman, David Stuck, Joshua Runyan, and the JT for their kind thoughts, great photos and words of praise for me. Our people say, “Even a rich person likes a present,” and I truly, truly appreciate your gift. I know everyone knows about the terrible carjacking incident, and I am so… Read More

Are We True Supporters of Israel?

In response to “BJC ‘Profoundly Disappointed by UN Resolution” (Dec. 30), media coverage of the U.S. decision not to veto Resolution 2334 has underemphasized two important points: > President Barack Obama’s decision was, in fact, not at all unprecedented. Under President George W. Bush, six U.N. Security Council resolutions critical of Israel passed without a… Read More

Saddened by Deli Closing

I was quite shocked and saddened to read about Steve’s Deli (“Just Like That, Steve’s Deli Closes Its Doors,” Jan. 6).  I tried to go there on Dec. 28, the day after the closure, and thought it was closed only for the week between the holidays. I enjoyed going there, and Steve Saval was always… Read More

Give Us an Outlet Mall

The development of land formerly known as Owings Mills Mall has been slow in coming (“An Uncertain Future,” Dec. 30). What Kimco doesn’t seem to get is that the best idea, which no one has put forth, is to build an outlet mall on the order of Arundel Mills. Think about what has already failed…. Read More

Time for Civil Debate

I opposed the U.N. resolution because I thought it would accomplish nothing and even be counterproductive (“So Much for Friendship,” Jan 6). I feel the same way as I write this. But sometimes, the right thing to do is for a friend to tell another friend that he or she is on the wrong path…. Read More

Dems Abandon Israel

Since the U.S. abstention on a U.N. vote on settlements, 76 Democrats have voted against affirming the U.S. commitment to Israel (“So Much for Friendship,” Jan 6). In the past, this resolution vote would have been close to unanimous, since there was no downside to voting in favor of “having Israel’s back.” It should have… Read More

Can’t Count on Dems

President Barack Obama took a step away from Israel by abstaining from a U.N. vote on settlements and allowing his secretary of state, John Kerry, to chide Israel (“So Much for Friendship,” Jan 6). The U.S. abstained from using its veto power allowing the resolution to declare Israel as an occupier of “Palestinian” land. That… Read More