Evolving Religions Parshat Nitzavim

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The Syrian refugee crisis has prompted public debate worldwide, especially in the U.S. presidential campaign, over the issue of immigration. Should a nation’s top priority be to meet the humanitarian needs of people attempting to flee a war zone? Or should it be to emphasize national security concerns stemming from the terroristic affiliations of a… Read More

A Matter of Faith

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Some have the custom of making predictions for the coming Jewish year in the days before Rosh Hashanah. But I am no prognosticator and will not presume to have the requisite wisdom or guts to hitch my reputation to the probability of future events. So on the eve of 5777, I will not make any… Read More

Respect Our Needs, Values

The JT’s article regarding adding Eid as a school holiday (“Muslims Look to Jewish  Example in Campaigning for School Days Off,” Sept. 9) put me off but not for the obvious reason. Certainly, school boards must evaluate how to accommodate their schedules in districts where Muslim observers, whether students or teachers, comprise a large proportion… Read More

Focus on the Music, Art

Joshua Runyan’s Sept. 16 Opening Thoughts, “A Most Jewish Conversation,” inspired me to write this. As time goes on, I find that the less I know about my musical and other artistic heroes, the more I can enjoy the music/art that they have given to the world. No musician/artist could ever possibly live up to… Read More

A Real Bargain

There are grounds to criticize President Barack Obama on his dealings with Israel, but last week’s 10-year military  assistance package is not at the top of the list. Indeed, this may be a good deal for both sides. The U.S. is estimated to have spent  upward of $85 billion on overseas military forces in 2014… Read More

Get Your Facts Straight

The BJT’s editorial board is  entitled to its opinions (“J Street Crosses the Line,” Sept. 15), but readers would be better served if it grounded them in facts. First, J Street is indisputably a part of the “big tent of the Jewish community.” We are members of the Baltimore Jewish Council and are welcomed regularly… Read More

Embracing the New Year

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After a long, hot summer, I eagerly embrace the subtle change in season upon us now. The cool refreshing evenings, the shortened days, the crunch of leaves on the driveway reground me as autumn beckons. Since I grew up on the East Coast, for me, these sights and sounds are inextricably associated with the High… Read More

Join Our Discussion

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On the surface, I may be an  unusual person to lead this year’s annual campaign for The  Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. I have no formal religious education, I cannot read Hebrew, I am married to an Episcopalian, and I am not from Baltimore. I am however passionate about Jewish values and traditions, energized… Read More

Congregational Collaboration in the New Year

Here’s a thought to take to High Holiday services next month: Collaboration  between congregations can be a good thing. In an article in eJewish Philanthropy, Larry Glickman, the director of network engagement and collaboration for the Union for Reform Judaism, questioned the spirit of competition in the synagogue world. People go “shul shopping” and ultimately… Read More

Understanding the U.S.-Israel MOU

It’s being billed as historic — the largest-ever U.S. military aid package. The Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed Sept. 14 and will go into effect in 2018, will provide Israel with $3.8 billion in aid a year for 10 years. The increase in aid from the previous MOU’s annual $3.1 billion sends important messages:… Read More