Assad, War Criminal

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On Monday, the U.N.’s human rights chief accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of war crimes in his two-year-long battle against opposition to his rule. Navi Pillay said a commission of inquiry “has produced massive evidence … [of] very serious crimes, war crimes, crimes against humanity” and that “the evidence indicates responsibility at the highest level… Read More

Respect Your Boomers

Last summer, a Jewish professional in Northern California named Michal Kohane appeared on the website eJewishPhilanthropy, where she bemoaned what she saw as the Jewish community’s excessive focus on young adults. In a cry from the desert, she asked why there was no longer any interest in the Jewish welfare of those over 40. In… Read More

Sick Kids

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Oh, the sounds of coughs and sniffles. The scent of regurgitated dinners and sour milk. It’s winter. And winter always means colds and flus and stomach viruses — no matter how many times I use Lysol on the handles (and even on the crevices of the bath and showers), no matter how much antibacterial I… Read More

Forgiveness

The themes of reunification and forgiveness are reflected in this week’s Haftorah and parsha. The Haftorah features the prophet Ezekiel following God’s instructions — taking two sticks and carving the names of the kingdoms of Ephraim and Judah on each and raising them together as one stick before the people. Ezekiel’s act, as commanded by… Read More

The Case Of The Stolen Bicycle

I loved my brand new 10-speed bike, a shiny black Diamondback. I would ride around after school and visit my friends. When school started, a new kid, Adam, would come over and ask me all kinds of questions about it. “Where did you get it?” he would ask. “Where can I get one?” Sometimes his… Read More

Beth El’s Satellite Program Is Perfect Fit

Anyone living in Carroll County who is interested in instilling Jewish values and providing an enriching Hebrew School experience to his or her children must consider Beth El’s satellite program at Westminster or Eldersburg (“In The Neighborhood,” June 14). My two children attend, and I can personally attest to the high quality of the program…. Read More

Unjust Incarceration

I have known Elsa Newman for a while (“Judaism Behind Bars,” Nov. 15). We are pen pals and enjoy exchanging books we’ve read. I have visited Prisoner No. 921975 at the women’s jail on Brock Bridge Road in Jessup, Md. I know her situation. It’s not unlike my own or that of thousands of moms… Read More

No Response?

It is worthy of comment that there has been no response to S.R. Cohen’s cogent letter (“Sad to Say,” Oct. 23) emanating from Rep. Andy Harris, either personally or his office, and no mention from Bob Ehrlich, Richard Vatz or other of his supporters. One would have, at the very least, expected an effort to… Read More

Maybe More Dire

Regarding the recent article on Greek anti-Semitism and the survey that was conducted (“Perception Is Reality,” Nov. 22), I suggest that a similar survey be conducted in Pikesville but substituting the word Jew for Greek or black or Muslim. Do you think the results would be any different? Maybe more dire. David L. Fisher Pikesville

Alive And Well

I read the JT’s article on anti-Semitism (“Anti-Semitism Is Alive And Well,” Nov. 22), and it brought back a speech that [Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and political commentator] Charles Krauthammer gave when he was honored by the Anti-Defamation League. I, of course, do not remember his entire presentation, but the last few lines of his speech… Read More