Where We Go From Here

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In 2012, almost 700,000 immigrants became U.S. citizens. Practically speaking, that means these people passed a citizens exam, and their legal status changed. But I wonder how long it takes for these people to feel American? Can it happen before the formal stamp of legitimacy, which takes about five years? Will it take several years… Read More

Boy, Was I Surprised

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“Good things come to those who wait.” Do you remember that Heinz ketchup commercial? It was such a good message, one of which I was recently reminded. Sherri Zaslow, director of marketing and sales for Tudor Heights, had been hounding me for months to come and see the facility. For months, I did not make… Read More

A Yom Kippur Confession

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On Yom Kippur, we acknowledge the mistakes that we have made, and we regret having squandered some of our potential. And while we must make a firm commitment to God and to ourselves not to repeat the harmful action in the future and doing teshuva in combination with Yom Kippur atones for sins against God,… Read More

5773 — The Year of the Diets

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My sister, Genese, is a new woman. She’s been on a serious health kick for about six months, and while she’s not the type to impose her lifestyle on others, it’s hard to be around her without wondering if I’m poisoning myself. Nowadays, Genese is off sugar, alcohol and coffee. She has a pill box… Read More

In 5774 …

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A New Year is a new beginning. As I prepared and edited the local Year In Review (see page 48), it was nostalgic to think about the big stories that broke this past year and affected our community — some positive, some challenging. Jewish Community Center President Louis “Buddy” Sapolsky retired. Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community… Read More

Be Loving To Your Neighbor

On Aug. 28, citizens from across this country will converge upon our nation’s capital to commemorate and celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1963’s historic March On Washington. Admittedly, I am too young to remember the march, or even to have been there. From what I read and hear from older colleagues and friends, it was… Read More

Fostering Community: An Important Jewish Value

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In my article on nonprofit Believe in Music (“Bringing Music To The Needy,” Aug. 2), Rabbi Steven Schwartz of Beth El Congregation said that a lot of Jews in my generation don’t necessarily realize that what they do is rooted in Jewish values. While he was referring to Kenny Liner “worrying about the disenfranchised,” it… Read More

The Ad Has Been Removed

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About a month ago, the Baltimore Jewish Times published an ad recruiting a managing editor. That ad has been taken down. I’m staying — at least for now. But I also moved to Kansas … on Wednesday. A few months back (if even that long), my husband and I determined that the best thing for… Read More

Why Can’t We Talk About It?

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This week’s cover story is principally about mental illness and suicide. But the real story is one of communication — or rather missed communication. Despite the fact that mental illness can strike anyone regardless of age, economic status or religion, those with the disease are often stigmatized. No one wants to talk about their experience…. Read More

Word Of The Day

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On a recent Saturday afternoon, I was taking a dip at my community pool when a neighbor struck up a conversation. The conversation ended when he used a Yiddish racial slur that made my stomach turn. I wish I could say this was the first time I had heard a neighbor or an acquaintance say… Read More