True Joy Needn’t Be Hard to Come By

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You don’t need to be a political scientist to recognize that what passes for social discourse nowadays is anything but social. The severity of the invective and the frequency with which it appears can be observed in the corridors of power, can be read in the newspapers — particularly among the letters to the editor… Read More

Admiring the Youthful Pursuit of Truth

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God bless the vibrancy of youth. I use this variant of similar expressions aired by countless old men and women throughout the ages not in an attempt to join their wise ranks, but to remark approvingly at the dedication of those who will soon become the Jewish community’s next cadre of leaders. There they were,… Read More

Enjoy the Jewish experience

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Tom Steyer, it seems, is making a play for the libertarian and politically active Koch brothers. Speaking to National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” earlier this week, the California billionaire investor spoke of his plans to invest $100 million to influence the debate surrounding the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada’s Tar Sands… Read More

Preserving Our Jewish Family

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You have to hand it to the sisterhood of Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Greengate Jewish Center in Baltimore. The Tuesday afternoon meeting was billed as a chance to meet the JT’s new editor, but in the space of about an hour, the group of about 40 women — and one man — cut to the… Read More

Rising to the Challenge

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For someone who’s spent the past three years in sunny southern Florida, this winter has been quite the eye-opener. But ask those who’ve lived in Baltimore most of their lives, even this season’s ice and snow — which, according to the State Highway Administration, has already caused Maryland to expend more than $80 million, far… Read More

We Can Do Better

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$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… Read More

Searching For Harmony

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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… Read More

A Joint Responsibility

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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… Read More

Tending The Spiritual Garden

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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… Read More

A Responsibility To One Another

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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 —… Read More