The BDS Hubbub

Freedom of speech. It’s a right so engrained in our psyche as Americans that we react viscerally to most attempts to curtail it. But all speech is not free. As Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. observed in 1919: You can’t falsely yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater. As a society, while we jealously… Read More

A Sweet Appreciation

Depending on your frame of reference, any number of recent happenings are proof positive that we live in a topsy-turvy world. From the practically unfathomable victory of President Donald Trump to last weekend’s Academy Awards mix-up to a spate of JCC bomb threats and Jewish cemetery desecrations, one thing is for sure: Whatever world we… Read More

Tilling the Educational Soil

A Talmudic story relates the power of forward-thinking combined with self-sacrifice: Choni HaMa’agal was walking down the road and saw a man planting a carob tree. “How long does it take for the tree to bear fruit?” he asked the man. The man replied that it would take 70 years. “Are you certain that you… Read More

An Inspiring Sacrifice

Typically, the idealism of youth is denigrated. Twenty-somethings charging headfirst into a picket line are more often seen as symbols of an anarchic bent in millennial thinking as opposed to evidence of principled individuals taking a stand. But in at least one area, we as a Jewish community can agree that the fear-nothing-and-take-no-prisoners approach unique… Read More

Speak for Yourself

If you’ve ever been to Israel, you’ve probably noticed the propensity of Israelis to adorn their cars, their bus stops — even their street signs — with all manner of bumper stickers. Seen as a reflection of the diversity of those who call the Jewish state home, these political — and even apolitical — statements… Read More

‘Everything Is Scrap’

Here at the JT, we’ve tackled many stories exploring various aspects of our history. I’m not referring to the history of Baltimore’s premier Jewish publication, but rather to the history of the Jewish people, with a particular emphasis on how that history intersects with Charm City and its environs. In that spirit came last week’s… Read More

Embracing the Jewish Pirate

I’ve been to several Purim parties where more than one guest, capitalizing off of the black beard that is common to many an Orthodox man, has worn colonial getup and an eye patch to attend as the dreaded pirate Schwartzbord. The premise is tacitly hilarious, for who, excepting maybe Mel Brooks, would think of a… Read More

The Need for Unity

Jewish institutions up and down the Eastern Seaboard are being targeted, with vandalism reported in Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania and our own Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore in Park Heights one of 16 JCCs nationwide to receive a bomb threat last week. Investigators, according to the Jewish Federations of North America’s Secure Community… Read More

The Jewish Future

A few weeks back, the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly made headlines for officially disaffiliating retired Philadelphia-area Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom for presiding over an interfaith marriage and indicating that, should the opportunity arise, he had every intention to do so in the future. The affair reignited the long-simmering debate in the Jewish community as to how… Read More

A Brighter Baltimore

Poverty. Jobs. Crime. Health care. These are not merely national concerns, nor are they strictly Maryland problems. They are Baltimore’s challenges. That much is clear in a city and region that has long struggled to make up for the loss of manufacturing decades ago, all while the core of residents who didn’t leave ages in… Read More