A Clear Message

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Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio. Bernie Sanders. The Iowa caucuses are over, making the 2016 presidential election one for the history books well before its conclusion. For the above three candidates, the quadrennial Hawkeye State ritual was truly historic, as each one in his own way defied the predictions of the political prognosticators of both the… Read More

Seeking Passion

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Lost to most people — at least those who were not at the Capitol last Tuesday night or were not watching President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address on C-SPAN — was a touching few minutes spent by the president as he walked up the aisle and out of the House of Representatives… Read More

An Alarming Trend

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Law enforcement has been all over the news lately. If it’s not about police using excessive force — think Freddie Gray — it’s about their lack of any meaningful action at all. That’s at least the perception behind the government’s response to the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge 30 miles south of Burns,… Read More

‘The Greatest Feeling’

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The way a child sees the world is truly astonishing, and those parents (or uncles, aunts, siblings, babysitters and teachers) among us who are privileged, for even a moment, to enjoy a glimmer of that unique combination of wonder and certainty are truly blessed. I’ve written about this before, but holding my own kids up… Read More

Reverse the Neglect

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It’s interesting the things you notice, but my first thought upon walking through the White House — my first-ever visit to the presidential residence —was how much smaller it really is in real life. Whether in depictions on the small or large screen or in the fanciful imaginations of children and adults alike, let’s face… Read More

To Live as a Jew

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It’s not often that you, dear readers, get a sneak peek into the operations of the JT, so here it goes: The morning we went to press, Daniel Schere, who wrote this week’s cover story on the work of Maryland Jews in the nascent medical marijuana industry, suggested a catchier headline: “High for the Holidays.”… Read More

From Hope to Reality

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President Barack Obama, ever the optimist — he was the author of “Audacity of Hope,” after all — believes that humankind will eventually rise to the challenge of confronting climate change. The only question in his mind is whether the global response to rising temperatures, melting glaciers and destructive weather patterns will be sufficiently rapid… Read More

Giving and Gratitude

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Jewish tradition teaches that there’s no greater mitzvah than the giving of tzedakah. Extend the concept and you can conclude that there’s no greater act than that of helping out your fellow human being, of giving something up of yourself — your time, your talents, your possessions — to make another person’s life that much… Read More

The Pain of Our Elders

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I remember my first history teacher in junior high invoking a famous aphorism in defense of her claiming an hour and a half every other day of a roomful of rambunctious adolescents’ time: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” For the immediate purposes of that class, the inability to remember… Read More

The Power of Now

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One of the more memorable presentations to come out of the recently concluded 2015 General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America had nothing to do with politics or the fate of Israel. It didn’t come from the likes of Israeli Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog, who on Monday gave an impassioned defense of ethnically… Read More