It Just Might Take A Miracle

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As the staff of the Baltimore Jewish Times furiously put the finishing touches on last week’s edition — the realities of a midweek civil holiday pushed up our printing deadlines — a bomb ripped apart a public bus in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam. We ran nothing about the attack that week; there… Read More

We’re In This Together

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What does it mean to be Jewish? What is the nature of Jewish identity? I’ll leave the age-old question of “Who is a Jew?” to those more qualified than I to settle. I’m instead referring to the reality that whether you live in Towson, go to college at Johns Hopkins, hang out at either of… Read More

A Promising Future

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For the first time in eight years, I had to scrape snow and ice off the windshield of my car. I realize that you, dear readers, are probably snickering by this point. I mean, after all, you deal with this kind of thing every winter, year in and year out. And by all standards, what… Read More

Shalom, Not Lehitraot

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It is never easy to say goodbye. But that is what is happening. I have the unpleasant task of telling you that I am leaving the JT, and I am taking a job in Kansas City. This is a difficult conversation for me to have with you, not because things have gone badly; just the… Read More

Sick Kids

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Oh, the sounds of coughs and sniffles. The scent of regurgitated dinners and sour milk. It’s winter. And winter always means colds and flus and stomach viruses — no matter how many times I use Lysol on the handles (and even on the crevices of the bath and showers), no matter how much antibacterial I… Read More

Light In The Darkness

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Twenty-four hours in Jewish Baltimore. The staff at the JT decided last week to take a day — one day — to drive around Jewish Baltimore and meet the Jews of Charm City. I was assigned the 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. shift, and it’s amazing the light you can find in the darkness. I… Read More

Thank You, Jewish Baltimore

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The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore says it is “inspiring Jewish community.” Believe me, it is. I recently returned from the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. The plenaries, which boasted some of the top Israeli officials, were packed. The dialogues — unique and interesting — were well executed. But the… Read More

Anti-Semitism Is Alive And Well

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Anti-Semitism is real. I am tired of pretending that it isn’t. Maybe because I wrote last week about Kristallnacht and recounted the chilling history of Nazi Germany. Maybe because this week I investigated Greek anti-Semitism and the way anti-Jewish sentiment is strikingly ingrained in the Greek community. Maybe that is why this topic seems powerful… Read More

You Call That School?

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“Where does Matt [my 14-year-old son] go to school?” It’s a question I’m asked frequently. When I try to answer, I generally have, as Ricky Ricardo would say, a lot of “splainin’” to do. Here’s how a typical conversation goes. Other person: “Where does Matt go to school?” Me: Matt, goes to a school called… Read More

Not Censorship, Safety

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Violence doesn’t stop as a result of laws, it stops when people are less violent. How was Danvers High math teacher Colleen Ritzer killed last week? With a box cutter the suspect, 14-year-old Philip Chism, had brought into his Massachusetts school. Last Monday, a 12-year-old shot dead a teacher at Sparks Middle School in Nevada… Read More