Opinion

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BY Maayan Jaffe
July 31, 2013

This week’s cover story is principally about mental illness and suicide. But the real story is one of communication — or rather missed communication. Despite the fact that mental illness can strike anyone regardless of age, economic status or religion, those with the disease are often stigmatized. No one wants to talk about their experience. CONTINUE »

July 26, 2013

By Michael Yaffe When I was growing up in South Florida, my Hebrew school teachers told me stories about their visits to the Jewish homeland. Seeing the Western Wall first-hand, floating in the Dead Sea, eating kosher McDonalds … it was just a matter of time before I made my trek to that part of CONTINUE »

July 25, 2013

By Jen Grossman Vice-Chair, JVC It wasn’t until I was midway over the Atlantic Ocean, that it hit me that I was really en route to Israel. The planning had been in the works for months, but the reality of it hadn’t seemed tangible until this moment. I hadn’t been to Israel in 21 years CONTINUE »

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July 24, 2013

On a recent Saturday afternoon, I was taking a dip at my community pool when a neighbor struck up a conversation. The conversation ended when he used a Yiddish racial slur that made my stomach turn. I wish I could say this was the first time I had heard a neighbor or an acquaintance say CONTINUE »

July 24, 2013

The July 5 issue of the Baltimore Jewish Times had an article titled “The Best Medicine,” which was all about my volunteer work at the Hackerman Patz House and the Jones family from New Mexico I met while doing volunteer work there. Cameron Jones, 7 years old at the time (four years ago), was there CONTINUE »