A-Plus for Israel

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All too often, the news coming out of the Holy Land isn’t good. If it isn’t war, it seems, it’s terrorism. And if it isn’t a stunning military victory on the part of the Jewish state, it’s an ill-timed government decision being decried by the international community as undermining the potential for peace with the… Read More

Opening Our Eyes

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With the Supreme Court due to take up the hotly contested issue of marriage equality later this month, reactions to the phenomenon of same-sex unions have ranged from the thoughtful — National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” began a series on the topic this week by engaging rank-and-file North Dakotans in conversation — to the strange… Read More

Four Crucial Years

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According to one storyline, the American Jewish community is losing the battle for the hearts and minds of college students. There’s plenty of evidence to support that conclusion, of course, what with the surge of resolutions supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel garnering votes among student groups. There’s also historically low… Read More

Safety … and Faith

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As negotiators from the United States and five other world nations tried to hammer out a nuclear agreement with Iran, Jewish community members here gathered at the Park Heights JCC to tackle what is probably a more pressing issue: fire safety. The message delivered by Dr. Eli Matt Goldstein, founder and president of a fire… Read More

Making Sense of Unspeakable Tragedy

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The Jewish world united in grief this week, shocked at the inexplicable tragedy that claimed seven children in Brooklyn, N.Y. Like many parents here in Baltimore and beyond, my heart reached out to Gabriel Sassoon, the father who had spent Shabbat at a religious conference and was thus saved, his wife Gayle and their 15-year-old… Read More

The Importance of Unity

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The people have spoken, but by the time you read this, we probably don’t know fully what they said. All that we really know for sure is that history was made Tuesday in Israel’s much-anticipated parliamentary elections. With a vigorous turnout that hasn’t been seen in years, Israelis went to the polls to choose from… Read More

A Matter of Survival

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Not since the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 has the threat of homegrown terrorism been so real to so many Americans. In the years since, Islamist radicals, albeit foreign-born, have proven their ability to wreak havoc on American soil, while just last month a White House conference… Read More

This is Friendship?

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No sooner had Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left the House of Representatives chamber, where, at a joint meeting of Congress, he delivered an impassioned plea for the United States to abandon the present contours of a nuclear deal with Iran, that the White House castigated the remarks and their speaker as “all rhetoric [and]… Read More

Taking Matters into Our Own Hands

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The story of Purim is one of deliverance, of the miraculous change in fortune of a persecuted people who maintained their faith through the most trying of times. That we can celebrate it today is a testament to the Persian Jewish community’s self-sacrifice of more than 2,300 years ago and an inspiration for the millions… Read More

On Relevance, Survival

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In 2010, demographers working for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore concluded that this area accounted for 93,400 Jewish persons, a 2 percent increase from the decade before, according to a similar communitywide study done in 1999. In 1985, the statistic stood at 91,700. These numbers are nothing new, of course, as the last… Read More