Opening Thoughts

BY Maayan Jaffe
July 31, 2013

This week’s cover story is principally about mental illness and suicide. But the real story is one of communication — or rather missed communication. Despite the fact that mental illness can strike anyone regardless of age, economic status or religion, those with the disease are often stigmatized. No one wants to talk about their experience. CONTINUE »

July 24, 2013

On a recent Saturday afternoon, I was taking a dip at my community pool when a neighbor struck up a conversation. The conversation ended when he used a Yiddish racial slur that made my stomach turn. I wish I could say this was the first time I had heard a neighbor or an acquaintance say CONTINUE »

July 11, 2013

  A colleague of mine shot a link to me the other day to an article by The Daily Currant. The title: “Paula Deen Blames ‘The Jews’ For Firing.” I must admit my brow furrowed. I proceeded to read the piece, which explained that Deen was a guest of morning host Dave Garver on Atlanta CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe
July 3, 2013

We are now in the period known as the Three Weeks or Bein ha-Metzarim, a period of mourning commemorating the destruction of the first and second Temples. The Three Weeks and then Tisha B’Av (the Ninth of the Hebrew month of Av) mark the loss of our Jewish spiritual center. The loss is not just CONTINUE »

BY Ron Snyder
June 19, 2013

In many ways, the past year has represented a homecoming for me. It was a year ago that I joined the staff of the Baltimore Jewish Times as a reporter. The move allowed me to return to my roots. I grew up in Pikesville, went to Milbrook Elementary School, Pikesville Middle School and Pikesville High CONTINUE »