Opinion

July 14, 2014

By Jill Max, Co-chair, The Associated’s Israel Engagement Center Tuli, my driver, greeted me with his handwritten sign and immediately launched into what I can only assume is his typical comedy routine. We walked to the van and he asked me if I spoke Hebrew. “I used to, but it’s been quite a long time,” CONTINUE »

July 10, 2014

Some 30 million Kurds live in an area that includes parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. A non-Arab Sunni people, the Kurds have the distinction of being the world’s largest stateless minority. But that may be changing. The massive shifts occurring in the Middle East and the practiced moderation of Iraq’s Kurds have produced CONTINUE »

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BY Joshua Runyan
July 10, 2014

According to the biblical account, creation didn’t take place through fire or a divine wind. The world instead came into being through speech. As taught and amplified by the Jewish tradition in the thousands of years since that seminal event, words — even when limited to the constricted realm of human speech — have retained CONTINUE »

July 10, 2014

I read the op-eds in the JT’s “Get Out the Vote” (June 24) issue by Anthony Brown and Brian Frosh, who won Maryland’s Democratic primary for governor and attorney general, respectively. They are decent hard-working men, but in my view and the view of many Marylanders, they are leaders who have profoundly lost their way. CONTINUE »

BY Darren Kasoff
July 10, 2014

Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Jonah Hill, Adam Sandler, The Three Stooges … there are a lot more Jewish comedians than meet the eye. In fact, Jewish comedians accounted for 80 percent of all comedians in the U.S. during the 1970s. The abundance and success of Jewish comedians can mostly be accredited to the distinct form CONTINUE »