Nursing Them With Honey From the Rock

I’ve always thought it curious that it is customary on the holiday of Shavuot to eat foods made of sweet dairy — cheese blintzes, cheesecake and so on. In all my childhood and adult years, I never heard a reason for this that made sense. One year, in my reading of this week’s parshah, an… Read More

In the Good Old Days

It was the kind of thing you would hear from old men: “Things just ain’t the way they used to be.” “This new generation is going to hell in a hand basket.” “I remember when things were different and better, back in the good old days!” Now that I am becoming a bit older myself,… Read More

A Bleak Future

Unfortunately, there will be no end to the repetition of terrorist attacks against Israel by Hamas as long as Hamas is convinced that the international community will rebuild Gaza and that collateral civilian deaths can be used for propaganda against Israel (“Anatomy of a Cease-Fire,” Aug. 29). The scenario of rocketing and mortaring Israel, now… Read More

Rabbi Is No Virologist

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So, Rabbi Kamenetzky and his wife believe that vaccinations, not the diseases they prevent, are harmful (“A Healthy Dose?” Aug. 29). Kamenetzky is quoted, “There is a doctor in Chicago who doesn’t vaccinate any of his patients, and they have no problem at all. I see vaccinations as the problem. It’s a hoax. Even the… Read More

If God is Optimistic, Shouldn’t We Be Too?

One of Rosh Hashanah’s many significant themes is its commemoration of the creation of the world. I taught this to my son in the course of our Judaic learning sessions using Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s “Jewish Literacy” as a textbook. Only I became the student when I encountered a passage that jarred me by its perspective,… Read More

The State of Israel’s Economies

After a terrifying summer of constant rocket fire into Israel from Gaza, this is an appropriate time to think not only about Israel’s geopolitical future (which is beyond this writer’s crystal ball), but also about Israel’s economies. I purposely use the plural because Israel’s economy is fractured along many fault lines. There’s the famous Startup… Read More

It’s Never Too Late to Do the Right Thing

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You don’t need to be a fan of professional football or even a resident of Baltimore to know that the news coming out of the home team has been far from good as of late. The moves Monday by the Baltimore Ravens to release star running back Ray Rice and by the National Football League… Read More

Proud of Bernstein

How proud I am of Jay Bernstein for his  letter of Aug. 15 (“When Will Our Leaders Stand Up for Israel?”). I live in Colorado, and our federation, now known as Jewish Colorado, also held two rallies, also in a safe place, a synagogue and the JCC. They were fairly well attended, but my feelings… Read More

JT’s War Coverage Disappointing

As a subscriber to the Baltimore Jewish Times, I am disappointed that its only coverage of Israel’s war against Hamas in its Aug. 22 issue was indirectly through the small article, “ADL Documents Rise in Global Anti-Semitism.” While I am certainly interested in local news and feature stories, at this time I would be more… Read More

Where’s Helpfor Joel Bernstein?

Your Aug. 22 article about Mike Gimbel (“New Lease on Life”) was very interesting, although I have known about him for a long time. In the article, Allie Freedman also wrote about Joel Bernstein, who in 1991, while doing his job at Sinai Hospital, “got stuck with Hepatitis  C” with a needle. The article infers… Read More