Following in the Acts of Our Creator

Yom Kippur is one of the most observed days in Jewish culture. The power of the day is awesome. The reality of its importance is known. The stir of thoughts and emotions leading up to it help us create the awareness of the day. One of the most central principles to Yom Kippur is asking… Read More

‘Jews, Jews, Jews’ and Proud of It

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Rosh Hashanah, indeed any Jewish holiday, is typically a peaceful time spent with family and at synagogue, a time to give thanks for the Almighty’s beneficence and enjoy the companionship of loved ones. But for three men walking on Old Pimlico Road last Thursday evening, peace and tranquility were relatively fleeting notions: They were fired… Read More

Seek Common Ground

The most important issue to consider is what is best for Israel (“Bucking the Trend: Despite problems elsewhere, local pro-Israel students return to school confident” Sept. 2). With that in mind, I hope college students (and others) will consider the following: As most Israeli security experts agree, there is no military solution to the Israel/Palestinian… Read More

Put Your Trust in Levinson & Bros.

When my father-in-law died in Puerto Rico, one call at 3 a.m. to Sol Levinson & Bros., and they arranged everything (Family Owned & Proud of It,” Aug.22). It hurt hearing my father-in-law go from “Leon” to “the body,” but you can trust Levinson to get the job done. When my father-in-law’s body missed the… Read More

Last Thing Vaccine Makers Want Is Study

In response to Simone Ellin’s article “A Healthy Dose?” (Aug. 29), I would like to add a few points and facts.  If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the government would conduct a long overdue study comparing the health of vaccinated children with unvaccinated children, much of the controversy surrounding this issue could… Read More

How Come No Glory for Jewish Patriots?

The exciting lives led by the two Jewish patriots profiled in the Jewish Times (“Jewish Patriots: Balancing Jewish, American Identities During the War of 1812,” Sept. 5) left me with the following question: Why haven’t Uriah Levy and Mendes Cohen been the subject of a made-for-TV series or PBS documentary? Levy was unmistakably an individual… Read More

The Danger of Inaction

Ideology matters. People act according to what they believe. If you believe in the Golden Rule, you will treat others accordingly. If you believe infidels should have their heads chopped off, you will chop off their heads, given the opportunity (“Islamic State Beheads Again,” Sept. 5). It is the obligation of the infidels (Christians, Jews,… Read More

JT Misses Mark with Fein’s passing

It was with incredulity and dismay that the Jewish Times has omitted any mention of the passing of Leonard (Leibel) Fein. He was not only a figure of national importance for American Jewry (co-founder of Moment Magazine and founder of MAZON; A Jewish Response to Hunger), but also Baltimore born and raised. Indeed, his father… Read More

Shemitah Is Coming! Shemitah Is Coming!

As the month of Elul — a time of reflection and preparation — draws to an end, I am followed with a different sense of excitement for this coming year on the Jewish calendar. Just as every seventh day of the week is supposed to be a Shabbat from the other six, so too every… Read More

Please Be Kind

I recently experienced my first anti-Semitic incident in five years of living here in Baltimore.  It happened at The 8×10, my favorite venue to hear great music. I was grooving to a real funky band, and I was wearing my kippah as I always do. Out of nowhere, a drunk but tough-looking guy came over… Read More