In Breast Cancer Testing, Knowledge Is Power

Five years ago, on a whim, Cindy, a 27-year-old Jewish woman, decided to pursue  genetic testing through an online laboratory. She wasn’t expecting any surprises because she had no family history of cancer or increased risk factors. She was young and living a healthy lifestyle. But Cindy’s results indicated that she had tested positive for… Read More

Journalistic Malpractice

Basic principles of journalism dictate that a paper’s editorial position be based on accurate facts and should fully consider all relevant issues. Both of these principles were violated by the JT in editorials published on Oct. 21 In “Preparing the People for Peace,” the JT claims that since the Oslo period, Israel has done “nothing… Read More

Hillary? Seriously?

In the JT’s Oct. 14 Opinion page endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president, you said that she has an “even temperament.” However, according to former Secret Service agents, she is known to have thrown plates and dishes at husband Bill more than once while she was first lady. You called her a “left-leaning centrist,” yet… Read More

No Go on Endorsement

Since when did the Jewish Times become a political publication (“Hillary Clinton for President,” Oct. 14)? Everyone who subscribes is not a liberal Democrat, and I am personally offended that my subscription money is being used to promote Hillary Clinton. The Your Say letters of Oct. 28 (“Clinton Corrupt,” “Clinton a Liar”) said it all,… Read More

The Perils of Zero Tolerance

When Hillel International announced last week that it was canceling a speaking tour featuring Israeli journalist Ari Shavit, we ran a thought experiment. Shavit, widely lauded for his 2013 book “My Promised Land,” had publicly admitted that he was the man who a Jewish reporter said sexually assaulted her in 2014. Hillel’s response was swift,… Read More

Biased against Trump

Regardless of who each of us is voting for, it is irresponsible to blame either candidate for the kind of people they attract. That is why we were very surprised to read your article claiming anti-Semitism in Donald Trump’s campaign, even though he has never been instigated for it or condoned it (“Report Cites Anti-Semitism… Read More

Being the Right Kind of Agnostic Parshat Noach

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When it comes to questions of belief, the agnostic is the loneliest of all. On one side of the fence stands the atheist, confident in his rejection of God and often dedicated to the debunking of religion.  the other side stands the  believer, who glories in his faith that the universe is the handiwork of… Read More

Getting Out the Vote

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

It’s a safe bet that come Tuesday night, Maryland and its 10 electoral votes will be found to have gone to Hillary Clinton, the Democrat, in the 2016 presidential election. Despite electing a Republican governor two years ago, our state is still reliably blue. So much so that Republicans in Cecil and Harford counties to… Read More

Donald, Israel and the Jews

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It’s that time of the year, shortly before a presidential election with control of Congress also on the line. The American Jewish community is, as usual, asking a perennially problematic question: Which candidate will be best for  Israel? For the last 26 years, as executive director of a Jewish communal relations organization and as someone… Read More

The Power of Light Parshat Bereshit, Genesis 1:1-6:8

This week, we read from Parshat Bereshit. Berershit is the first parsha in the Torah. According to the Torah, God created the world in seven days. He separated night from day and light from darkness. “God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from darkness. God called the light day, and… Read More