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

Let the Light Shine

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Judging by the work of famous Baltimorean Edgar Allen Poe, the unknown realm that’s bordered between reality and imagination is indeed a frightening one. “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before,” his narrator says in “The Raven.” Indeed, in the language… Read More

Life-or-Death Struggle

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When Brittany Maynard, the woman with terminal brain cancer who moved to Oregon so that she could end her life under that state’s “death with dignity” provisions, took her story to the media in the form of YouTube videos, she reignited a debate about the propriety of governments allowing doctors to participate in what many… Read More

Walking the Walk

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Hours after terrorists shot up the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem two weeks ago and massacred four of its tefillin-clad worshippers, pictures and video of the American media’s initial coverage of the attack went viral. Passed along by thousands of indignant users of social networks, one clip in particular offered a window into what… Read More

The Need to Inspire

Yuli Edelstein, the refusenik whose wife, Tatiana, once staged a hunger strike during his incarceration in a Siberian gulag, spent months during his initial interrogation in 1984 praying in his cell while donning tefillin without the halachically mandated black leather straps. That was the only way his wife could get the ritual items past the… Read More

Shock, Fear … and Resolve

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Until Tuesday morning, Har Nof for my family was an amalgam of different experiences, all of them positive. It’s where my wife went to seminary, where we had one of our first Shabbat meals after moving to Israel and where our kids always loved going for pizza — it had, according to our research in… Read More

A ‘General’ Concern

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Considering his audience at the Monday morning plenary session of the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly at National Harbor, Vice President Joe Biden said all the right things. To standing ovations, he pledged the United States’ unwavering support of Israel and promised that Iran would never be permitted to obtain a nuclear weapon…. Read More