A Homecoming

I grew up Jewish. Simply Jewish. My late father, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, raised us in an observant Orthodox household. Our lives were filled with beautiful ritual, and we celebrated the wonder of a familial spiritual connection. That said, we also danced along the fine line of progressive Judaism. My father’s Torah was an expression of… Read More

A Responsibility To One Another

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Home, as the popular expression goes, is where the heart is. Another one has it as where you hang your hat. Beyond the address where you live, home is where both your mind and your heart dwell. It can be a physical location — a house is the first thing that comes to mind —… Read More

Mixed Reactions To U.S. Snooping

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When American-born Ron Dermer was appointed Israel’s top diplomat to the United States, it was widely seen as a move by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to place his most trusted confidante in the capital city most capable of influencing the Jewish state’s No. 1 existential threat. Accounts at the time claimed that Dermer, who grew… Read More

Finding Flavor

I loved the Dec. 20 issue of the JT. After reading Eli Schlossberg’s article, “Jewish Food: What’s the Next Big Thing?” I was reminded of an interesting cookbook, “The World of Jewish Cooking” by Gil Marks. The author uses pictures and the history of each food to give “flavor” to our ancestors’ dishes. Lynne Selznick… Read More

Not A Joking Matter

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Something quite astounding happened at a recent gig with Humanoise, the Baltimore-based band in which I play lead guitar. We were at Frazier’s on the Avenue in Hampden, set to go on a little after 11 p.m. When a group of people in green shirts on a pub crawl asked us if they could sing… Read More

It Just Might Take A Miracle

Editorial Director

As the staff of the Baltimore Jewish Times furiously put the finishing touches on last week’s edition — the realities of a midweek civil holiday pushed up our printing deadlines — a bomb ripped apart a public bus in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam. We ran nothing about the attack that week; there… Read More

Etz Chaim Gets Down

Thank you for the stunning and genuine portrayal of the Etz Chaim Center (“Tree of Life,” Nov. 29). We love what we do, and we’re so proud and happy to let people know that Jewish hearts everywhere are being touched. Just as the article was going to print we had an epic event that I… Read More

Focus On What Makes Us Strong

As a participant in the Union for Reform Judaism’s biennial conference in San Diego, I was quite surprised at the editorial that questioned what was next for the movement (“Lingering Questions For The Reform Movement,” Dec. 20). Rather than reaching out to those of us who were at the conference — there were many from… Read More

New Elections In Beit Shemesh

In a much anticipated decision issued last week, the Jerusalem District Court nullified the October re-election victory of Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbul. To the extent that the judgment represents the repudiation of the heavy-handed and downright illegal tactics employed by those allegedly allied with the haredi-backed mayor, we applaud the decision. Now the voters… Read More