Modulate the Outrage

It is well known that Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is soliciting and receiving support from evangelical Christians. And if it turns out that some of them are blinkered and offensive, it shouldn’t be a surprise. Every group has its crazies. Cruz is being supported by Kansas evangelical Pastor Mike Bickle, who… Read More

Large Shoes to Fill

This year’ s presidential primaries have been intense. There is, of course, a lot at stake. And while some may have hoped that the shouting, finger pointing and recriminations might abate as the field of contestants narrows, the sudden passing last Saturday of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia changed all that. Scalia, an iconic figure… Read More

The Lowly High Priest Parshat Tetzaveh

I’ve always been amazed at the complexity of the Hebrew language. One of the most profound examples is the word ga’avah, which can be translated as pride — something we all wish to possess, something we’re taught is an important sought-after trait; but ga’avah can just as easily be translated as arrogance, a repugnant trait,… Read More

Change at the JT

Editor-in-Chief

To death and taxes we can add one other certainty of life — change. It’s a constant force, and for those of us unlucky enough to remain stagnant, want of it can prod us to action. But if change is a given, it needn’t be feared. We needn’t be apprehensive when we appreciate it but… Read More

Kudos to Devorah!

The JT’s “The Ability to Succeed” (Feb. 5) highlighted Devorah Lieberman. Her family were congregants of the Young Israel of North Bellmore, where my late parents were founders. From the moment Devorah was born, her parents mainstreamed her and treated her the same as their other daughters. She was a curious and charming young child… Read More

Kotel Compromise: Israelis Need American Jews

The relationship between Israel and American Jews is a complicated mix of good news and bad news, and last week’s government compromise on the Western Wall, or Kotel, is a case in point: It’s a step forward in providing access for non-Orthodox Jews but may also reinforce the reality that the main plaza doesn’t welcome… Read More

You Can Count on Chaverim

On the Sunday of the big snow (“The Blizzard that Battered Baltimore,” Jan. 29), I received an automated call from the MTA saying that all special vans for disabled people had been canceled for the next day. My father, who lives in assisted living on Park Heights Avenue, would not have a ride for his… Read More

Listen, Converse!

Editor-in-Chief

At first glance, it’s so obvious that it’s a wonder anyone considers it revolutionary: If you want to increase your community members’ level of engagement, ask them what they think and what they want, and then empower them to do it. Put it another, albeit circular, way: If you want to increase engagement, engage! That’s… Read More

My House, and His House Parshat Terumah

There is a well-known joke that is told about the Jews that I find particularly sad. The joke tells of a group of explorers who find a Jew who has been stranded on a desert island for years. As he takes them around the island and shows them how he survived, they find that he… Read More

We Are All God’s Children

During President Barack Obama’s historic address at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, he said, “At a time when others are trying to divide us along lines of religion or sect, we have to reaffirm that most fundamental of truths: We are all God’s children. We’re all born equal, with inherent dignity.” The idea that we… Read More