Two Solutions for Rabble-Rousers

So now we have the Baltimore riots (“The Whole World Is Seeing This,” May 1). Which city is next? Great civilizations such as the Greek and Roman empires have been relegated to the trash bin. We seem to be headed in the same direction and may soon reach the point of no return. I have… Read More

Looking Out for Israel

We Jews are known for engaging in civil discourse, open debate and understanding nuance; i.e., not everything is simply good vs. evil, cut and dried. Yet for many, when it comes to Israel this seems not to be the case. (“J Street: No Friend of Israel,” Your Say, May 1). So as a committed Zionist… Read More

God Is With Us!

Every single news website, newspaper and magazine is filled with negative news. Death, crime, the Baltimore riots and too much hatred (“The Whole World Is Seeing This,” May 1). It is no surprise that some wonder where is God. But how many people look for the positive news? The miracles? How many people know the… Read More

Rebuild Baltimore

It was hard to be a Baltimorean last week on so many levels. If you watched the news and followed posts on social media during the violent protests that shut down our city, you know just how difficult it was. There were angry crowds spilling into the streets and horrific images in the media of… Read More

Planting the Seeds for Tomorrow

Last month, our community marked Israel’s 67th Independence Day, with a variety of cultural events highlighting Israel’s remarkable achievements and the strong connection many of us feel to the Jewish homeland. Even more important are the interactions that happen year-round between individuals and families throughout our community and in Israel. Through The Associated: Jewish Community… Read More

Muhammad as a Red Flag

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) had an idea worth trying in response to the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, which was sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and held in the Dallas suburb of Garland, Texas on Sunday. “We are not paying any attention to this at all,” Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR spokesman,… Read More

The Hope of Ethiopian-Israelis

It would be a mistake to try to draw too many comparisons between Sunday’s protest in Tel Aviv by Ethiopian-Israelis and the upheavals resulting from the line of demonstrations stretching from Ferguson, Mo., to Baltimore. Indeed, the origins and nature of the demonstrations are markedly different — even if the Israeli protests against the April… Read More

Words for the Next Generation Parshat Emor

When the rabbis divided the Torah into its 54 parshiyot, they generally arranged for each portion to begin with a unique or otherwise significant word that would in some way summarize major themes of the entire section. Such is the case for most of the portions we have studied in Leviticus — until we come… Read More

Baltimore’s Message

It being May Day, my wife and I jokingly referred to such names as Ilya, Leon and Karl as we made our way to Sinai Hospital last Friday morning for the impending birth of the newest member of our family. We, of course, had our suspicions — proven correct in the end — that we… Read More

Baltimore Riots: A Perspective From Ground-Zero

When addressing current events or communal concerns from the pulpit, I endeavor to do so in the context of a Torah perspective. I always seek to distinguish between the Torah and my own opinion. What I share with you here is subjective. It is my hope and prayer that these personal reflections will offer some… Read More