Opinion

August 15, 2013

Barbara Bloom’s letter, “And Really Mean It” (Aug. 2) … prompted many negative reactions in me. … Bloom assures us that the surveillance and subsequent shooting of Trayvon Martin “was not a racial issue.”  And yet in the exact same letter, we are told that “wise Americans” are right to fear black people because supposedly CONTINUE »

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August 15, 2013

I ushered in Elul 5772/2011 at the farm at the Pearlstone Center.  I had come to appreciate the rhythm of the Hebrew calendar during the two summers I lived there more than any other time during my life.  As I left, I thought about ways to keep myself connected to the themes and ideas that CONTINUE »

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BY Barak Hermann
August 15, 2013

I arrived in Baltimore in November, leaving behind a lifetime of Jewish community engagement in the New York/New Jersey area. I had heard wonderful things about Baltimore’s Jewish Community — its generous and highly successful Jew-ish Federation (The Associated), its growing and vibrant Orthodox population, its wealth of highly respected rabbis and their synagogues, an CONTINUE »

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August 15, 2013

With the cancellation of President Barack Obama’s meeting early next month with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the administration’s hoped-for political reset with the Russians has suffered a further setback. Obama canceled the planned bilateral meeting in Moscow shortly after Putin granted political asylum to NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. The grant of asylum to Snowden was CONTINUE »

August 15, 2013

Neighborhood security comes from several sources. It comes from the absence of crime, of course, and from good relations between neighbors and the police when problems do occur. And safety is strengthened when neighbors know each other and look out for each other. These last two components were emphasized at last week’s National Night Out, CONTINUE »