A Lesson in Morality from the Military

There were clearly counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., who came to bang heads, just as there were at least some protesters at the “Unite the Right” rally that Saturday who did not support the hateful messages of white nationalists and neo-Nazis. But pointing out these facts does nothing to undercut a fundamental truth: Brandishing swastikas, chanting… Read More

Bye Bye Bannon

Alternately described in the press as a political Svengali, the id of President Donald Trump and the soul of the arch-conservative wing of the Republican Party, Stephen K. Bannon was the White House man many in the Jewish community both feared and loved to hate. During and after last year’s presidential campaign, Bannon’s Breitbart News… Read More

Speak Your Mind Parshat Shoftim

In an era when strict interpretations of Jewish Law are in vogue, and when Orthodox rabbis who render decisions with a broader perspective face withering personal and professional attacks, we would do well to revisit the concepts of freedom of thought and the right of dissent within the realm of Jewish Law. Is there room… Read More

People of the Book The Jewish Responsibility

A friend of mine who may or may not be Marc Shapiro shared an article yesterday from the Forward about a Jewish journalist who saw the whole Charlottesville massacre transpire — and in circumstances like that, even one dead is a massacre. The article contained this quote: “Supporters broke out spontaneously with calls ‘The goyim… Read More

Hillel for All

As August draws to a close, universities across the country will welcome a new class of incoming freshmen to their campuses. For the next four years, these teens will master academic and social skills that will help them become productive members of our communities. At the same time, the next four years are a pivotal… Read More

Getting Connected

Last Friday, I tagged along with one of our photographers to a barbecue at Beth Am Synagogue Rabbi Daniel Cotzin Burg’s house, where we got some of the photos you’ll see in this week’s paper, including the cover photo. It was a Shabbat gathering for BAYITT, Beth Am’s 20s and 30s group, which davened after… Read More

A Response to Roger Waters

Musician Roger Waters is known for his elaborate stage shows and for his contributions to the rock group Pink Floyd. Unfortunately, he has also made a name for himself as a vocal supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and a relentless critic of Israel. In fact, he is known for applying not-so-subtle… Read More

This Is Our America

The white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville last weekend were at once a pathetic group of notorious hate-mongers, while at the same time, a frightening gathering of like-minded anti-Semites and racial bigots. They showed no restraint in spewing their venom, as they shouted “Jew will not replace us!” and chanted “The goyim know!” They carried… Read More

‘Send the Bill to God’

The JT’s captivating article “The Ship That Launched a Nation” (July 28) was fascinating. I would like to add some personal information that occurred during the effort to retrofit the ship. Much building material was needed to accomplish this task. One day, my beloved father, Benjamin Kolker, was sitting at his desk at the Maryland… Read More