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

Respond with Unity

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When news of the slaying of 12 people in and around the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo reached the United States, not a single journalist or editorial office in this country was left unaffected. Such was the case here in Baltimore among the staff of the JT, many of whom pointed out that… Read More

Agents of Change

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With school out and use-it-or-lose-it vacation days beckoning, many spent last week relaxing at home or enjoying tourist destinations around the world. But for more than 2,000 people representing Jewish communities from South America to Europe, the last moments of 2014 — and the first of 2015 — were dedicated to everything from debating the… Read More

An Unsettling Future

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Before battlefield technology evolved to the point that warfare could be conducted remotely, before Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos dreamed up the concept of deliveryman-less delivery of goods, drones were much different animals. Animals quite literally, in fact, with the term drones referring to male bees who did not make honey and did not… Read More

The Power of Unity

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Take a look at the makeup of the Jewish world around you and you might find a series of fractious divisions running through the fabric of our global community. That’s no accident, as it’s largely the divisions that garner attention, providing fodder for much of the news that’s appeared in the pages of the JT… Read More