Discover The Beauty

How wonderful to read your editorial, “A Seat at the New Year’s Table” (Aug. 23) and to know that now other Jewish organizations are following in the footsteps of The Reform Temple, offering welcoming places to join together in prayer for Rosh Hashanah. Because classical Reform Judaism is no longer available at any synagogue at… Read More

Picking And Choosing

Steve Sklar is going down a slippery slope when he criticizes the Jewish Times for taking advertisements from Maryland Live (“Your Say …” Aug. 23). The JT is a (hopefully) for-profit enterprise that has the right to take advertisements from legal commercial enterprises. Picking and choosing when to use Biblical verses to challenge a commercial… Read More

Why Don’t Jews Like To Pray?

With regard to the article “Why Don’t Jews Like To Pray?” (Aug. 23), I would like to make a few observations: While the article mentions that many Jews don’t believe in God, I find that there is a lack of spirituality in the manner in which services are now presented in most synagogues. I am… Read More

Good Riddance

I just watched a video of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech 50 years ago (“Be Loving To Your Neighbor,” Aug. 23). … It is by far the best speech I have ever heard. His delivery was perfect, his content was perfect, and his message was perfect. I agree with every word he said and am… Read More

Above The Stars

I’ve always found the naming of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s “Rosh Hashanah under the Stars” event, which is held each year at Oregon Ridge, particularly ironic (“Worth The Schlep,” Aug. 30). Here’s why: Parshat Lech Lecha recounts how God addressed Abraham’s concerns that he did not have any descendants to continue spreading awareness of God in… Read More

King Helped Cause A Jewish Spiritual Rebirth

For the Jewish community, the iconic image of our relationship to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the photograph of Dr. King marching from Selma to Montgomery on March 21, 1965, arm in arm with a man the children thought looked like Santa Claus, the pre-eminent Jewish theologian, Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel. About that day… Read More

Lost In Translation

When I was growing up in Baltimore, the modern State of Israel was the center of the Jewish universe. It was at the core of being Jewish, tucked inside the greater American Jewish identity. There were no contradictions. Jews were solid U.S. citizens, equally proud of their American heritage. But the brutal sting of the… Read More

Like A Community

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Last Thursday was the orientation barbecue at Johns Hopkins Hillel. Each year, this is an event everyone anticipates with excitement. The freshmen move in, and at the BBQ, they are still in shock about leaving home for the first time. The sophomores are excited to begin the year savvier than they were the year before…. Read More

Who Owns Iraq’s Jewish Past?

In the aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, U.S. troops discovered a treasure trove of Iraq’s ancient Jewish community in the waterlogged basement of Saddam Hussein’s secret police headquarters. The vast collection included more than 2,700 Jewish books and tens of thousands of documents, the earliest from 1540. They were left behind… Read More

Red Lines, Green Lights And Mixed Messages

President Bashar al-Assad has threatened to retaliate against Israel if the U.S. strikes Syria with missiles. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The past week has been witness to a dizzying array of political brinkmanship, even in a town like Washington, D.C., where changing strategy can be as commonplace as changing shoes. More than a year ago, President Obama dec-lared that if Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, used chemical weapons to attack his own people, he would be… Read More