We’re In This Together

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What does it mean to be Jewish? What is the nature of Jewish identity? I’ll leave the age-old question of “Who is a Jew?” to those more qualified than I to settle. I’m instead referring to the reality that whether you live in Towson, go to college at Johns Hopkins, hang out at either of… Read More

A Promising Future

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For the first time in eight years, I had to scrape snow and ice off the windshield of my car. I realize that you, dear readers, are probably snickering by this point. I mean, after all, you deal with this kind of thing every winter, year in and year out. And by all standards, what… Read More

Shalom, Not Lehitraot

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It is never easy to say goodbye. But that is what is happening. I have the unpleasant task of telling you that I am leaving the JT, and I am taking a job in Kansas City. This is a difficult conversation for me to have with you, not because things have gone badly; just the… Read More

Sick Kids

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Oh, the sounds of coughs and sniffles. The scent of regurgitated dinners and sour milk. It’s winter. And winter always means colds and flus and stomach viruses — no matter how many times I use Lysol on the handles (and even on the crevices of the bath and showers), no matter how much antibacterial I… Read More

Light In The Darkness

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Twenty-four hours in Jewish Baltimore. The staff at the JT decided last week to take a day — one day — to drive around Jewish Baltimore and meet the Jews of Charm City. I was assigned the 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. shift, and it’s amazing the light you can find in the darkness. I… Read More

Thank You, Jewish Baltimore

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The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore says it is “inspiring Jewish community.” Believe me, it is. I recently returned from the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. The plenaries, which boasted some of the top Israeli officials, were packed. The dialogues — unique and interesting — were well executed. But the… Read More

Anti-Semitism Is Alive And Well

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Anti-Semitism is real. I am tired of pretending that it isn’t. Maybe because I wrote last week about Kristallnacht and recounted the chilling history of Nazi Germany. Maybe because this week I investigated Greek anti-Semitism and the way anti-Jewish sentiment is strikingly ingrained in the Greek community. Maybe that is why this topic seems powerful… Read More

You Call That School?

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“Where does Matt [my 14-year-old son] go to school?” It’s a question I’m asked frequently. When I try to answer, I generally have, as Ricky Ricardo would say, a lot of “splainin’” to do. Here’s how a typical conversation goes. Other person: “Where does Matt go to school?” Me: Matt, goes to a school called… Read More

Not Censorship, Safety

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Violence doesn’t stop as a result of laws, it stops when people are less violent. How was Danvers High math teacher Colleen Ritzer killed last week? With a box cutter the suspect, 14-year-old Philip Chism, had brought into his Massachusetts school. Last Monday, a 12-year-old shot dead a teacher at Sparks Middle School in Nevada… Read More

Getting Technical

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Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Technion’s annual event, which honored outgoing president Beth Perlman and celebrated incoming president John Davison. And while Beth and John are both very impressive people, most impressive is the organization they serve, the American Technion Society. In each speech, some of the incredible work being done… Read More