Spark that Ignites

Editorial Director

If you’ve been lucky enough to grow up in a family led by an artist, as I have, then you know that the power of art to transform acts not only on those who passively behold it, but perhaps more profoundly on those who create it. Such is the story of Baltimorean Arnold David Clapman,… Read More

It Helps to Have Friends

Editorial Director

Anyone who’s ever seen a American Magen David Adom ambulance speed down an Israeli street in an emergency has likely marveled at seeing his or her hometown — or the names emblazoned as donors on the side of the white and ride-modified Chevrolet — and been infused with a sense of pride. There goes a… Read More

Communal Commitment

Editorial Director

One need only look at the images coming out of southeast Texas last week to realize there’s little Houston, the state’s largest city, could have done to mitigate the death and destruction wrought by day after day of rain producing the largest-ever flooding in the Lone Star State’s history. There’s little the state itself, for… Read More

Staying on the Rails

Editor-in-Chief

The day after the seven cars of Amtrak’s Northeast Regional Train 188 spilled off the tracks in Philadelphia, NPR’s “Morning Edition” introduced a segment on the disaster by noting that where the train derailed, as well as such cities as Washington, D.C., and our own Baltimore, are all really just suburbs of New York. That… Read More

Education’s Big Payoff

Editor-in-Chief

For many a business, brick and mortar can be downright dirty words. Why invest money in physical infrastructure, argue today’s crop of digitally enhanced consultants, when funds can better be spent on improving efficiencies, boosting productivity and bringing business into the decentralized world of the 21st century? In a sense, they’re right, even in such… Read More

Baltimore’s Message

Editor-in-Chief

It being May Day, my wife and I jokingly referred to such names as Ilya, Leon and Karl as we made our way to Sinai Hospital last Friday morning for the impending birth of the newest member of our family. We, of course, had our suspicions — proven correct in the end — that we… Read More

Finding Our Way Back

Editor-in-Chief

It took about a week for Freddie Gray to succumb to his injuries, about the time it took for his hometown of Baltimore to descend from high-minded protest to outright looting, destruction and violence. By Monday night, when this column was written, the Inner Harbor area downtown was practically deserted, the National Guard had been… Read More

A-Plus for Israel

Editor-in-Chief

All too often, the news coming out of the Holy Land isn’t good. If it isn’t war, it seems, it’s terrorism. And if it isn’t a stunning military victory on the part of the Jewish state, it’s an ill-timed government decision being decried by the international community as undermining the potential for peace with the… Read More

Opening Our Eyes

Editorial Director

With the Supreme Court due to take up the hotly contested issue of marriage equality later this month, reactions to the phenomenon of same-sex unions have ranged from the thoughtful — National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” began a series on the topic this week by engaging rank-and-file North Dakotans in conversation — to the strange… Read More

Four Crucial Years

Editorial Director

According to one storyline, the American Jewish community is losing the battle for the hearts and minds of college students. There’s plenty of evidence to support that conclusion, of course, what with the surge of resolutions supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel garnering votes among student groups. There’s also historically low… Read More