Opening Thoughts

BY Joshua Runyan
February 6, 2014

$10.10 an hour. It’s quite a rallying cry, something we can all get behind — a living wage for hard-working Americans who, by circumstance or fate or a combination of the two, are living paycheck to paycheck and are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. Whether or not raising the minimum wage is CONTINUE »

BY Joshua Runyan
January 30, 2014

Last week, the prestigious SAR High School in Riverdale, N.Y., made waves and headlines with the announcement that its leadership had allowed selected girls to don tefillin during morning prayers. It led many within and outside of the “Orthodox” world to take sides; some suggested that the decision could well lead to a deep schism CONTINUE »

BY Joshua Runyan
January 23, 2014

Dope. Weed. Ganja. Mary Jane. Hash. Herb. Reefer. This week’s issue of the Baltimore Jewish Times is really not about any of these things. It is instead about responsibility. The day that Colorado’s legalization of marijuana took effect, National Public Radio ran a report that featured an interview of one of the many citizens and CONTINUE »

BY Joshua Runyan
January 16, 2014

If you’ve ever planted a garden, you know that in just a couple of months after setting the tomato plants, you’ll be able — barring any unforeseen calamity — to enjoy the precious fruits of your labor. Planting a tree, though, requires much more work over a much longer time span. There’s the pruning and CONTINUE »

BY Joshua Runyan
January 9, 2014

Home, as the popular expression goes, is where the heart is. Another one has it as where you hang your hat. Beyond the address where you live, home is where both your mind and your heart dwell. It can be a physical location — a house is the first thing that comes to mind — CONTINUE »