Hamantaschen: Made from Scratch

What is this “change of pace” with new flavors for hamantaschen (“Change of Pace,” Feb. 27)? Is this because we are tired of eating homemade hamantaschen all year? My mother did not have white chocolate chips, espresso or Nutella in her pantry. She simply prepared her made-from-scratch poppy-seed filling in one bowl, placed the filling… Read More

God’s Punishment

For American Jews who believe in Divine Providence, the message — i.e., the timing — of the unusual Purim (March 5) snowfall in the Baltimore-Washington area is transparent. It was heavenly punishment for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meretricious and overweening address to the U.S. Congress (“Pulling No Punches,” March 6). Put another way, one… Read More

Together as One, Forever United

“Together as one, forever united.”The importance of these words has recently, in the face of constant anti-Semitism, stood out to the global Jewish community. During Presidents Day weekend, more than 2,000 Jewish teens from around the world gathered in Atlanta for BBYO’s annual International Convention to demonstrate how, when taken to heart, these words have… Read More

Obama’s Failed Foreign Policy

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Rarely has a speech given by a foreign international leader received such a voluminous ocean of words, warnings and dire consequences as that given to ally and friend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. He is only the second leader — the first was the late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill — to have addressed… Read More

Good Deeds, Great Results

Who benefits from Good Deeds Day, the day of community volunteering that will take place in Baltimore and around the Jewish world on Sunday? Certainly the residents of the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital who have a playdate with toddler volunteers. So will the Oliver Neighborhood in East Baltimore, when volunteers arrive for an… Read More

Answering Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 
addresses the AIPAC policy conference a day before his controversial speech to Congress on March 3.

Now that some of the political dust has settled over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress last week, we join those who have tried to focus on what Netanyahu actually said and whether the issues he raised should impact Washington’s continuing negotiations with Iran. Although the headlines regarding the speech focused on Iran’s… Read More

Confirming Our Fears

The results of a new Pew Research Center study finding that global harassment of Jews has reached a seven-year high didn’t come as much of a surprise. With attacks against Jews in Paris and Copenhagen fresh in our minds, the conclusion seems self-evident. What was somewhat surprising, however, is that the years analyzed end in… Read More

Time to Diversify

I am optimistic about the American Jewish future. But I am worried about the future of extant Jewish communal institutions, primarily because of what I see as limited examples of adaptive leadership. While the synagogue is the most ubiquitous of all American Jewish institutions, it too is vulnerable and at risk. The synagogue does not… Read More

Let’s Dialogue

Please consider including your non-JT writers’ email addresses after their names at the end of articles. I realize this may involve getting their permission, but other publications do this, and I think it would be beneficial both to your readers and your publication. For example, I would like to email Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb to… Read More

Mikulski: Our Friend

Sen. Barbara Mikulski
(Melissa Gerr)

Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s surprise announcement on Monday that she would not seek a sixth term in the Senate in 2016 has thrown Maryland politics wide open. But whoever succeeds the much-admired, forceful and energetic Mikulski will find it difficult to break as much ground as the Baltimore native. The longest-serving woman in Congress, Mikulski… Read More