A Jewish Home

Editorial Director

I’m not the first to say it and this is not the first time I’ve alluded to this fact: The Jewish world in the United States is a scary one for those of us who have been taught that the surest determinate of Jewish survivability is identification with a synagogue or other communal institution. According… Read More

Baltimore Jazz Alliance Bops into First-Ever Festival

Baltimore  native Clarence Ward III  will be performing. (Dubscience Photography courtesy of Baltimore Jazz Alliance)

Those who fear there’s been a dismal downbeat in the Baltimore jazz scene have something to swing about. The Baltimore Jazz Alliance is tuning up for its family-friendly and free jazz festival, which takes the stage on Oct. 1 at Druid Hill Park. The BJA Jazz Festival is ostensibly the first local musical showcase focusing… Read More

Jewish Pride on Campus Is Under Siege

More than 300,000 Jewish  college students have arrived on American campuses — and what they experience there is likely not only to broaden their minds and uproot long-held assumptions, but shake their Jewish selves to the core. They will contend with powerful faculty and student voices accusing them of complicity  in a regime of privilege… Read More

The External War, the Internal War Parshat Ki Teitzei

This week’s Torah portion is called Ki Teitzei — meaning literally, “When you go out.” It is a reference to violence and war. “When you take the field, [literally, “When you go out,”] against your enemies, and the Eternal your God delivers them into your power and you take some of them captive …” (Deuteronomy… Read More

What Did We Really Learn from Rio?

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Four weeks on, as memories begin to fade, is there anything that really and truly inspired us for all the hours we devoted to the incredible actors of the Rio Olympics, as they fulfilled the world’s best of human achievement to a universal  audience? We learned that Simone Biles can fly through the air with… Read More

The Troubles in Susiya

Susiya, located in Area C, is not simply an internal matter (“The Susiya Shuffle,” Aug. 19). Whether one calls it occupied, disputed or liberated territory, Israel has never made it part of Israel. Furthermore, we in the Jewish community have always been the first to say that the  international community must be involved in “internal… Read More

Good Job, Governor!

I do not understand people who go after Gov. Larry Hogan for his  executive order to begin the school year after Labor Day (“Classroom Conundrm,” Sept. 9). Yes, it is an executive order, but in this particular instance, the majority of voters and residents in this state really want the school year to begin after… Read More

Ramallah: A Happening Place

As someone who recently visited Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s grave, I was both amazed and sad that a rabbi would be “virtually lynched” because he considered visiting the site in Ramallah (“A Rabbi Is ‘Lynched,’” Sept. 9).  Visiting someone’s grave does not imply complete agreement with what they did or stood for.  A major reason… Read More

A Most Jewish Conversation

Editorial Director

What could possibly be Jewish about the story of four Italian-American crooners, some of them hoods, achieving stardom in the days before the British Invasion? As it turns out, quite a bit. “Aside from possibly speaking another language or believing that Jesus is the savior, do I feel something in common with the Italians? Of… Read More

Bring on the Judges

In order to maintain public confidence in the legal system of a diverse country, those who uphold and enforce the laws must be from equally diverse backgrounds. Before the Civil War, when sectional differences were acute, the Supreme Court was composed of justices who were chosen, in part, to maintain a regional balance. More recently,… Read More