Parshat Shelach Have Faith, And No Goal Is Too Lofty

Imagine you are one of the 12 spies that were sent to scout Israel in this week’s parsha. You are “a distinguished man, one of the heads of the Children of Israel” (Numbers 13:3). Like everyone else, you’ve experienced the daily miracles in the camp of Israel: manna from the heaven like dew, water appearing miraculously from the… Read More

An Honest Mistake

It was my parents’ 30th wedding anniversary. For their special day, Dad had commissioned a piece from an Italian glass blower. Mom loved fancy lamps, so Dad bought her a Morano handmade chandelier. It had cost him a pretty penny, and it had taken the artist half a year to create. You should have seen… Read More

The Mitzvah of Spring Cleaning

Aleeza Oshry

Spring is the season when we start to see new life after the cold, dark winter.  Many start preparing ground for growing gardens, while others begin rifling through closets to dispose of clutter.  With Earth Day this past Monday, CHAI Good Neighbor Day last Sunday and Baltimore Green Week ending tomorrow, many of us will… Read More

Personal Foul

David Snyder

It was a great story idea. Or so I thought … Back in March, the Milford Mill Academy’s boys basketball team captured the Class 3A state championship. The title run was led by first-year head coach Michael Silverman. Reaching out to Silverman for a profile piece seemed like a slam dunk. A local Jewish head… Read More

Bringing Outsiders In

Simone Ellin

Since joining the Baltimore Jewish Times almost two years ago, I’ve developed a reputation for being the “go-to” person for stories about people with medical and neurological disorders and differences. As a clinical social worker, my background has given me a familiarity with these kinds of topics. I enjoy combining my love for writing with… Read More

Russian Roulette In Syria

Over the last two weeks, Russia has again demonstrated that it considers Syria’s government a vital ally, a strategic asset and a regime worth saving, notwithstanding the country’s 2-year-old civil war. Russia’s shipment of advanced weaponry to the government of Bashar al-Assad could make it more difficult for the West to impose a no fly-zone… Read More

The New Orlando Magic

Many American universities share the common problems of insufficient student housing and inadequate funding for their Hillel student centers. As recently reported by JTA, supporters of Hillel at the University of Central Florida in Orlando have come up with an approach to address both problems, which combines entrepreneurship with philanthropy. The Orlando plan deserves careful… Read More

Thank You, Jewish Baltimore

I want to thank the Baltimore Jewish Times for its coverage of our 97th annual convention, which took place on May 2 (“Happy Birthday Maryland Jewish Women,” May 10). Ellen Lightman, recipient of our E.B. Hirsh Lifetime Achievement Award, embodies the mission statement of the Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Maryland. We could not… Read More

Governance, Not Austerity

In his discussion [at the Edward A. Myerberg Center], Rep. John Sarbanes [D-3] tried to put seniors at ease by telling them what they wanted to hear rather than by facing reality (“Health-Care Costs Will Stabilize,” May 3). But there will be significant changes to health-care delivery and covered procedures after new protocols are enacted…. Read More

You Asked

You asked for comments on your story “Progressive Maryland” (May 3). The left-leaning direction of our state is nothing to be proud of.  Our state is being held hostage by a few counties that are pushing the rest of the state in that direction.  In 2012, President Barack Obama only carried seven counties, and in… Read More