Opinion

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September 25, 2013

  The separate murders last weekend of two Israeli soldiers has led to an outpouring of grief. On Sunday, Sgt. Gal Gabriel Kobi was killed by a Palestinian sniper while on patrol in Hebron. That followed the killing Friday of Sgt. Tomer Hazan, who was lured unarmed to a West Bank village by a Palestinian CONTINUE »

September 25, 2013

Two high profile cases involving American Jews in high community positions again shine an accusatory light on Jewish communal leadership and raise the question of whether a person’s good deeds are canceled by the bad they have done. William Rapfogel, the CEO of New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, turned himself in to the CONTINUE »

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BY Maayan Jaffe
September 25, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

Sukkot 5774
BY Helyn Steppa
September 18, 2013

On Sukkot, we read the troubling text, Ecclesiastes. This megillah addresses the futility of life, a potentially incongruous theme for a holiday referred to as “time of our joy.” I searched through the book for a lesson on Sukkot, and I found some of the wording reflective of a larger message. We’ve all heard of CONTINUE »

September 18, 2013

Thank you so much for the article, “A Strong Personal Connection” that appeared in the Baltimore Jewish Times (Sept. 6). Recognizing that a connection to Israel is core to increased Jewish engagement, I’ve enjoyed working with Michael Saxon to help develop The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore’s Israel Engagement Center initiative. As we move CONTINUE »