Be Visible; Make a Pledge

Is giving less valuable or rewarding when we as givers cannot always directly see or view the results of our generosity? I personally have had the privilege over my lifetime to contribute financially and to serve with hundreds of people who have given of themselves to help others. It is easy to see the deep… Read More

­Seeing Red at Ohio University

Ohio University Student Senate President Megan Marzec made headlines last week when she responded to the university president’s ALS ice bucket challenge by pouring a bucket of blood-colored water over her head. Speaking in her official capacity as a student leader, she said the stunt was intended to send “a message of student concern of… Read More

A Quiet But Vital Role

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  Last week, President Obama outlined his strategy for dealing with the Islamic State insurgents who have swept through and now occupy parts of Syria and Iraq. In his primetime speech, the president promised that the United States will work “with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy”the Islamic State. Ten Arab countries… Read More

Let’s Focus on Peace in Our Homes, Neighborhoods

As the sun sets on 5774, it might help to take a look back at all that’s transpired in the Jewish world over the past year and, with an eye to 5775, what is left to be accomplished. The year has seen some notable departures, including those of “rabbi to the stars” Rabbi Philip Berg… Read More

Jewish Settlements Part of Solution

The Sept. 12 editorial “Settlements as Punishment?” suggests that the administrative action taken by Israel to designate 1,000 acres of public lands on the West Bank as “state land” was unwise. In arriving at that conclusion, the JT apparently gave undue deference to perverse and misguided Obama administration statements aimed at undermining the fundamental right… Read More

Educating Campus Advocates for Israel

We are fortunate that Jewish students on our Maryland campuses have not encountered the boycott, divestment and sanctions rhetoric that other national campuses have experienced (“Bucking the Trend,” Sept. 12).   However, we cannot sit quietly on the sidelines. To ensure our students are prepared, The Associated’s Israel Engagement Center implemented several initiatives to provide… Read More

More Can Be Learned From Rice’s Demise

As the saga of former Ravens star Ray Rice continues, I keep waiting for someone to mention the role alcohol played in his current professional and personal demise (“It’s Never Too Late to Do the Right Thing,” Sept. 12). Rightfully so, the majority of commentary has focused on domestic violence. I hope that commentary will… Read More

Common Ground, Part II

I agree with Richard Schwartz’s letter (“Seek Common Ground,” Sept. 19) that what Israel needs now is a comprehensive, sustainable peace with its Arab/Muslim neighbors. I am skeptical the two-state solution will bring that peace, but if so, fine. To me, two states are a means to that end.   Schwartz says each side should… Read More

Effective Hepatitis C Treatments on the Rise

It was with great interest that I read “Gilead Sciences Comes to Capitol Hill” in the Sept. 19 issue. I’ve been caring for patients with Hepatitis C for more than 20 years. As the years have gone by, treatments have become more effective, but only with the recent release of drugs such as Solvadi (sofosbuvir)… Read More

Let the Refs Make the Call

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If you were lucky enough to catch Sunday’s NFC matchup between divisional rivals the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles — most Baltimore-area television sets were tuned to the Ravens’ field-goal-clinching 23-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns — it either came across as old-style football or thuggery run amok. One thing’s for sure, though: The… Read More