Stop The Free Fall

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I can’t get Newtown, Conn., out of my thoughts. It’s only been a little more than two weeks since Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and started killing children. The other day, I read another tragic story about the killing of a young girl. She wasn’t a soldier on the front… Read More

A Better Plan?

Rosellen Fleishman (“Artistic Controversy,” Letters, Dec. 21) damns the “Ultra Orthodox marginalized fanatics” for requiring that pictures of semi-nude people be covered up at a [Macks Center for Jewish Education] exhibit [hosted by the Jewish Community Center. I wonder if she knows that those so-called fanatics have spent thousands of hours studying a plan of… Read More

A Poem For Sandy Hook

The mothers drove their children to school that day Before they left, “have a good day” they all did say Not knowing what the day would have in store Having faith everything would be OK for sure. The good Lord did give and 20 souls he took From a small public school named Sandy Hook…. Read More

Sandy Hook Victims Will Be Remembered

The recent demonic event in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and seven adults were murdered, has surely effected a good majority of our citizens. Dec. 14, 2012 will — and should — be remembered by us. The families of those who died will forever be traumatized. There were many heroes that day, and I include… Read More

A Friendly Space

We welcomed the article “JQ Baltimore Comes Out” by Simone Ellin (Dec. 14) with its expressions of “support, education and inclusiveness.” In response to requests from the community, the Mitchell David Teen Center, the Jewish Community Center and BBYO have come together to create “Open Doors,” a safe and friendly space for LGBTQA teens. Programs… Read More

New Israel Fund’s Sokatch Is Misinformed

Daniel Sokatch (“Im Tirtzu Brings a Lie to America,” Dec. 21) either misunderstands or belittles the security problems facing Israel. Israel is on “the losing end of world opinion” more due to the growth of hostile Arab/Muslim third-world economic and political influence than by its actions in Gaza and the West Bank. Mr. Sokatch makes… Read More

Thank You

I want to thank the Jewish Times for the cover story about CHAI and my career. It goes without saying that CHAI’s success is the result of the many organizations and individuals we partner with. I want to express my gratitude to the hundreds of individuals and organizations that I have worked with over nearly… Read More

A Pleasure To Read

I truly loved the way you portrayed the [Bais Yaakov] exhibit (“Bais Yaakov Exhibit Week Gives Every Child A Chance To Shine,” Dec. 21), its history and what goes on at the school. It is a wonderful time when I see my students [in the learning center for students with learning disabilities] come out of… Read More

Are Jews A Scapegoat?

It was bound to happen: scapegoating Jewry for the Newtown massacre. However, post-Holocaust, such an accusation cannot be made outright but only through coded language. On Dec. 21, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre (“At Last, NRA Speaks Out,” Dec. 28) singled out the corporate media and violent video games and films [as… Read More

Holy Wars

In the period following my aliyah in 1988, I would often write and lecture about how great Israel was in terms of Jewish identity. I loved living in a country, went my standard shtick, where the Hilton didn’t have a Christmas tree. What I didn’t realize, in my idealism, was that one big reason for… Read More