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

The End Goal: Acceptance

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In opening his tale of sin and repentance in 17th-century Boston, Nathaniel Hawthorne observes that “the founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion… Read More

Embrace Our Values

There was a time when an employer could legally discriminate against a disabled employee, when disabled individuals could legally be excluded from public facilities, when a business could withhold services from a disabled customer. And it wasn’t that long ago. Can you believe it? With an eye on the seventh consecutive year in which Jewish… Read More

All for One

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To travel through the Negev Desert is to subject your senses to a sustained assault. There’s the elevation changes, the winding roads, the soaring heat. But there’s also the beauty — the wonder that is the Ramon Crater, the inexplicable colors that use the region’s sandstone as their palette. It is here that David Ben-Gurion,… Read More

Let’s Hear From All Voices

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Writing in the 10th installment of “The Federalist Papers,” James Madison decries the power of unchecked factions to destroy societies. In pathologic systems of government, he writes, “measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by superior force of an interested and overbearing… Read More