Opinion

September 4, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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September 4, 2013

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. CONTINUE »

September 4, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

President Bashar al-Assad has threatened to retaliate against Israel if the U.S. strikes Syria with missiles. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
September 4, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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September 4, 2013

My sister, Genese, is a new woman. She’s been on a serious health kick for about six months, and while she’s not the type to impose her lifestyle on others, it’s hard to be around her without wondering if I’m poisoning myself. Nowadays, Genese is off sugar, alcohol and coffee. She has a pill box CONTINUE »