We Need to Do More

Editorial Director

Nearly one in 10 Americans — 9 percent, to be exact — served in the armed forces during World War II, but according to the Pew Research Center, in the post-draft world in which the United States relies on a professional volunteer military, just .5 percent of the public has served during any given point… Read More

The Power of Truth

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Truth, it’s been said, is stranger than fiction. How else would you describe the presence of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Amtrak’s hallowed “quiet car,” the ravings of some in Carroll County that one’s  religious identity is inherently incompatible with the Constitution or a self-described “democratic socialist” like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders  drawing thousands… Read More

What’s Next?

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We may not be witnessing a Third Intifada, but the near month-long upswing in Palestinian violence has its own name nevertheless, with commentators now taking to calling it the “stabbing Intifada.” As is usually the case with monikers crafted for the benefit of simplifying phenomena that logically defy simplification, the name does not do the… Read More

Reality of Abuse

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With so much craziness and evil in the world outside, it’s easy for many of us to lull ourselves into thinking that the community we live in is perfect. Such has been the thinking in past generations — and probably of some in the current day and age — who comforted themselves with the hope… Read More

The Right Person

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As a city of neighborhoods, Baltimore could easily be viewed as a municipality by its very nature destined for conflict. The concerns of the Inner Harbor are distinct from the needs of Penn North; Roland Park is not Southwest Baltimore, and what the primarily Jewish community in Upper Park Heights experiences is unique from the… Read More

A Better World

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In his whirlwind tour of three American cities last week before departing for Rome, Pope Francis inspired crowds totaling close to a million people at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, prodded politicians in Washington to reach out to the less fortunate, especially immigrants, and exhorted world leaders gathered at the United Nations to… Read More

Our Soundtracks

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National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” featured a fascinating segment two weeks ago on the research of acoustic biologists who are mapping out the sounds of entire ecosystems. It featured an interview with neuroscientist Seth Horowitz, who is particularly interested in the impact of sound on the evolution of the human brain. “The brain is really… Read More

Finding the Joy

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Walking into a photo shoot is certainly an overwhelming experience — all the more so when you’re coming home to a house full of eight children! A little background: I had just returned home last Friday and was in the process of hugging my kids when I simultaneously greeted a photographer from The Baltimore Sun… Read More

Adapt and Move On

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Pay as you go. Do it yourself. Steady as she goes. Take a look around and you’ll likely see a challenging world out there for your neighborhood synagogues, and the above options are only some of the new models “old” institutions are trying in order to keep up with the times. Even in the Orthodox… Read More

New Year, New Leaf

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If my email inboxes — which aggregate messages not only dealing with the community here in Baltimore, but in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh and Philadelphia (all markets served by JT publisher Mid-Atlantic Media) as well — are any indication of reality, the only thing people seem to be talking about these days is the Iran deal…. Read More