Thank God, the Election Is Over

Joshua Runyan

Among all of the presidential elections I’ve covered as a journalist, I’ve long considered the historic showdown between Al Gore and George W. Bush as the election to end all elections. I was assigned to report on the final days of the Gore campaign from its election night headquarters in Nashville, Tenn. Every single print… Read More

Getting Out the Vote

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

It’s a safe bet that come Tuesday night, Maryland and its 10 electoral votes will be found to have gone to Hillary Clinton, the Democrat, in the 2016 presidential election. Despite electing a Republican governor two years ago, our state is still reliably blue. So much so that Republicans in Cecil and Harford counties to… Read More

Time to Unite

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

In its second year, coming soon after the national debate over the Iran nuclear deal drove wedges into the American and global Jewish communities, the Baltimore Shabbat Project brought thousands of women to the Maryland State Fairgrounds last October to bake challah. Organizers of the initiative, which is affiliated with the South Africa-based International Shabbos… Read More

Good for Democracy

Editorial Director

With practically all the attention surrounding the 2016 elections going to the two presidential candidates and their contest’s seemingly improbable race to the bottom, you’d be forgiven for thinking that theirs was the only matchup that mattered. But the JT hasn’t forgotten that while the race to the White House is unquestionably important, there are… Read More

Common Ground

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

Sukkot is my favorite holiday, and let me tell you, it couldn’t come at a better time. That’s odd for an admitted political junkie to say, I know, but after the revelations late last week in the presidential race — for those in the know, they were the vilest to date — I’ll be enjoying… Read More

Peres Was More Than Just Another Dreamer

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

In “Like Dreamers,” the 2013 history of post-Six Day War Israel, author Yossi Klein Halevy traces the journeys of seven of the elite paratroopers who in 1967 liberated the Western Wall and the rest of the Old City of Jerusalem, using their stories to encapsulate the diversity of opinions that developed during the Jewish state’s… Read More

A Matter of Faith

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

Some have the custom of making predictions for the coming Jewish year in the days before Rosh Hashanah. But I am no prognosticator and will not presume to have the requisite wisdom or guts to hitch my reputation to the probability of future events. So on the eve of 5777, I will not make any… Read More

A Jewish Home

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

I’m not the first to say it and this is not the first time I’ve alluded to this fact: The Jewish world in the United States is a scary one for those of us who have been taught that the surest determinate of Jewish survivability is identification with a synagogue or other communal institution. According… Read More

A Most Jewish Conversation

Editorial Director

What could possibly be Jewish about the story of four Italian-American crooners, some of them hoods, achieving stardom in the days before the British Invasion? As it turns out, quite a bit. “Aside from possibly speaking another language or believing that Jesus is the savior, do I feel something in common with the Italians? Of… Read More

‘Time’ for School

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

Only one thing compares with the glee of children streaming out of hallways the end of each school year — the heady delight of parents knowing that their children will be someone else’s problem at the beginning of the school year. Now don’t think that I’m a heartless or inattentive father. I truly cherish the… Read More