As a child of Holocaust survivors and a first-generation American, I never had a problem accepting my Jewish identity. I spoke Yiddish with my family, went to Hebrew School and in September 1963 celebrated my bar mitzvah. In November, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I mourned his death by putting on a yarmulke while I… Read More
When a “movement” has more media appearances than members, do we notice something amiss? When a group claiming to favor prayer calls for dismantling a place of worship, do we smell smoke? And when leaders of an organization demand “Ahavat Yisrael” and then express outright rev-ulsion for all who oppose their agenda, do we finally… Read More
Michal Balass As an Israeli-American Jew living the Diaspora, I have an undying urge to remain connected to my roots. I never want to be the Jew who stands alone. As a young adult living in Baltimore, I feel very fortunate to be part of a thriving community of other young adults who feel the… Read More
A few years ago, I took a trip to Phoenix. The highlight was a day-long outing to the Grand Canyon. If you have been there, you know how absolutely breathtaking the first sight of the Grand Canyon is. After looking out into the canyon for quite some time, I decided to engage in one of… Read More
Many Jews who are concerned about ultra-Orthodox control of religious life in Israel are looking to the election in June of a new Ashkenazi chief rabbi as an opportunity to set the country on a more moderate course. Those seeking change see Modern Orthodox Rabbi David Stav as their best hope.
“How many uses of chemical weapons does it take to cross a publicly declared red line against the use of chemical weapons?” That is the angry question being asked by many since the U.S. concluded last week, “with varying degrees of confidence,” that the Assad regime had used chemical weapons against its own citizens —… Read More
Regarding the article, “Happy Anni-versary, Eddie’s” (April 12): In 1991, my wife, Fran, discovered Eddie’s of Roland Park soon after we moved into our Colonnade condo on University Parkway. For nine years, Eddie’s was our go-to source for many of the wonderful goodies they “dished out” on a daily basis. Each year, they would deliver… Read More
There are several points in Ben Sales’ article “Kotel Compromise notwithstanding, Israel facing uphill battle over pluralism” (online only, April 19) that require further comment. Regarding Women of the Wall, the Israeli Supreme Court years back heard the arguments for pluralism and ruled that the section of the Western Wall known as Robinson’s Arch should… Read More
Thank you for running the informative article on BGE trying to replace all of our electric meters with smart meters (“Smart Meters: Dumb Choice,” April 12). These are being installed in every house, apartment, office, school, library and hospital in Baltimore.
Highlighting the April 5 edition of the JT dedicated to Yom Ha’Shoah 5773 was the editorial “Yom Ha’Shoah’s Necessary Story.” It emphasized the importance of “remember[ing] the horrors of the Holocaust and its threat to the survival of the Jewish people” and the need “to honor the memory of those who perished.”