All In for B’more

It’s a cruel twist of fate that those consigned — for whatever reason — to poverty pay a penalty on such things as household goods. It’s a phenomenon most recently tracked by professor Yesim Orhun at the University of Michigan, who documented that those who are poor pay on average 5.9 percent more per sheet… Read More

With Eye to Past

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Location, location, location. It’s the secret to so many real estate transactions, the explanation to why a two-bedroom ranch in Silicon Valley can sell for $1 million, but a five-bedroom center-hall colonial can go for $500,000 in Pikesville. Go farther down Park Heights Avenue, and that same large house might be had for $200,000 or… Read More

The Music Lives On

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Hardly anyone would accuse members of the Jewish community of ignorance when it comes to the Holocaust — remembrance is such a large part of American Jewish life and education — but the same unfortunately cannot be said about our non-Jewish neighbors. Data provided by the Anti-Defamation League, in fact,  indicates that just 54 percent… Read More

Dignity for All

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Maybe it’s in our DNA as Americans or maybe it’s in our spiritual fiber as Jews, but we have a special place in our heart for dreamers. For the biblical Joseph, dreaming was a way by which he saw the world as it should be. And for the 64 percent of Americans who today own… Read More

Change at the JT

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To death and taxes we can add one other certainty of life — change. It’s a constant force, and for those of us unlucky enough to remain stagnant, want of it can prod us to action. But if change is a given, it needn’t be feared. We needn’t be apprehensive when we appreciate it but… Read More

Listen, Converse!

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At first glance, it’s so obvious that it’s a wonder anyone considers it revolutionary: If you want to increase your community members’ level of engagement, ask them what they think and what they want, and then empower them to do it. Put it another, albeit circular, way: If you want to increase engagement, engage! That’s… Read More

A Clear Message

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Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio. Bernie Sanders. The Iowa caucuses are over, making the 2016 presidential election one for the history books well before its conclusion. For the above three candidates, the quadrennial Hawkeye State ritual was truly historic, as each one in his own way defied the predictions of the political prognosticators of both the… Read More

Seeking Passion

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Lost to most people — at least those who were not at the Capitol last Tuesday night or were not watching President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address on C-SPAN — was a touching few minutes spent by the president as he walked up the aisle and out of the House of Representatives… Read More

An Alarming Trend

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Law enforcement has been all over the news lately. If it’s not about police using excessive force — think Freddie Gray — it’s about their lack of any meaningful action at all. That’s at least the perception behind the government’s response to the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge 30 miles south of Burns,… Read More

‘The Greatest Feeling’

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The way a child sees the world is truly astonishing, and those parents (or uncles, aunts, siblings, babysitters and teachers) among us who are privileged, for even a moment, to enjoy a glimmer of that unique combination of wonder and certainty are truly blessed. I’ve written about this before, but holding my own kids up… Read More