Our French Connection

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As I rushed into our local kosher market to pick up the remaining items I needed for Shabbat, my thoughts turned to Sophie and Sandy who were among the Jews held at gunpoint in the Hyper Cacher kosher market in Paris on Jan. 9. I could not help but think about the connections made and… Read More

Answers, Please, on the Mideast

We know a lot more now than we did in 2001, when Congress authorized President George W. Bush to go to war against al-Qaeda in the highly charged aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Since then and a later 2002 resolution to authorize the Iraq war, we’ve seen executive powers used well (the 2006… Read More

Icon Makes Political Statement

Eli Wiesel has joined the Netanyahu debate with full-page newspaper ads.
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Elie Wiesel has taken out full-page ads in The Washington Post and The New York Times in support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to address both houses of Congress. In the ads, the Nobel laureate says he will attend Netanyahu’s appearance “on the catastrophic danger of a nuclear Iran.” He then asks President… Read More

Speak Out to Make U.S. More Inclusive for Disabled

A quarter-century ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act became the law of the land. That’s 25 years of progress, of advances that have improved the lives of people with disabilities beyond what was previously possible. The Jewish community has joined in those efforts and sought to bring accessibility and awareness to the forefront. This February… Read More

Bringing Light Into Lives Parshat Terumah

This week we read from Parshat Terumah. This parshah describes the construction of the tabernacle, which is the traveling place of worship for the Israelites during their travels in the desert. The word terumah means donation or gift. The Israelites were asked by Moshe to bring gifts for the mishkan, the tabernacle, which was the… Read More

On Relevance, Survival

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In 2010, demographers working for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore concluded that this area accounted for 93,400 Jewish persons, a 2 percent increase from the decade before, according to a similar communitywide study done in 1999. In 1985, the statistic stood at 91,700. These numbers are nothing new, of course, as the last… Read More

The Iranian Threat

The JT fears that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned address to Congress in March “has turned broad-based support of Israel into a partisan issue” (“The Fallout from Dermergate,” Feb. 6). In emphasizing partisanship, the JT seriously underestimates the urgency of the need to counter Iran’s imperialistic designs. There is much more to the Iranian… Read More

Too Late for Biden? Seriously?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting for the life of his country against the whim of a nuclear-armed Iran while President Barack Obama sulks because his feelings are hurt (“The Fallout from Dermergate,” Feb. 6). One is crying for his people. The other is crying for himself. Go figure! Meanwhile, the American Press, which… Read More

Honor Well Deserved

I was delighted to learn that Dr. Hannah Bor has been selected as the Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor at Towson University (“Bor Named Pearlstone Professor,” Feb. 6). I had the pleasure of supervising Dr. Bor’s excellent dissertation at Baltimore Hebrew University on the role of religion in Israel-Diaspora relations — a topic as relevant today… Read More

Time to Reconsider Jewish Love Affair with Buildings

The halls of the Omaha Jewish Community Center are often empty, but not because there is no Jewish life here. Quite the contrary. On any given day, we have an impressive number of Jewish activities for a community of 5,500 Jews. So why the empty hallways? Because we have invested considerably more in our buildings… Read More