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We may not be witnessing a Third Intifada, but the near month-long upswing in Palestinian violence has its own name nevertheless, with commentators now taking to calling it the “stabbing Intifada.” As is usually the case with monikers crafted for the benefit of simplifying phenomena that logically defy simplification, the name does not do the… Read More

Bibi’s 44-Second U.N. Jab at Obama

The JT’s Oct. 9 story “Netanyahu’s Silent Treatment” reported that  during the Israeli prime minister’s U.N. address, he “stopped speaking for 44 seconds.” How interesting. Why 44 rather than, say, numbers with Jewish significance such as 7, 8, 40 or 18 and its multiples? Because he is a big fan of Major League Baseball  Hall-of-Famer… Read More

Preposterous Letter Deserves Response

The juxtaposition of the Oct. 16 Your Say letters “Pro-Israel Jews Are Ones Being Denied” (Nelson Marans) and “Letter Writer Guilty of Ideological Fraud” (David Gitlitz, M.D.) is serendipitous: The latter is a perfect  example of the lurid name calling and verbal intimidation calibrated to hinder free speech that the former depicts Palestinian sympathizers as… Read More

The Times’ ‘Big Lie’ About the Temple Mount

Two weeks ago, I opened The New York Times to Rick Gladstone’s article, “Historical Certainty Proves  Elusive at Jerusalem’s Holiest Place,” happy that the newspaper of record would explain to its audience the  historical context of this embattled piece of real estate. As I read on, I was horrified. “The question, which many books and… Read More

The Politics of Death, Anti-Semitism and Jewish Paranoia

Chaim Landau is past president of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis and rabbi emeritus at Ner Tamid Congregation.

It was a sobering, sad and tragic month — and that’s before I approach the subject of Israelis killed and wounded in Israel. Let’s examine the facts: Saudi Arabia: Close to 1,800 people were killed during the Hadj, when uncontrolled forces created a surge of such intensity and fear that left an astronomic number of… Read More

Raising Breast Cancer Awareness

Isn’t everyone already aware of breast cancer and the threat it poses, particularly to Ashkenazi  Jewish women? Not yet. And that’s why Breast Cancer Awareness Month, being marked in  October, is so important. It is the time designated to focus attention on the disease and steps that should be taken for early detection. One in… Read More

The Democrats Debate

From Left: Jim Webb, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee at the CNN-moderated Democratic presidential debate  (Josh Haner/NYT/ZUMA Press/Newscom)

Although there were no breakout moments in last week’s Democratic presidential debate, there was palpable relief that five politicians, each with long public-service experience, could remain poised adults and talk about issues for a greater-than-two-hour period. They explored important topics, including gun safety, financial reform and national security, and gave voters insight into some of… Read More

Henkin Murders: What American Jews Can Do

The heartbreaking murder of Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife, Naama, gunned down by Palestinian terrorists in front of their children, will generate tear-filled eulogies and anguished recitations of Psalms throughout the Jewish world. As they should. But then what? The depressingly familiar post-terrorist attack ritual is already unfolding before our eyes. The Obama administration… Read More

The Drive to Inspire Kindness in the World

In this day and age, doing well and doing good are not mutually exclusive. Although the concept of tikkun olam is rooted in Jewish texts and traditions, its importance and application transcend the Jewish community and can be applied to achieve change in the world at large. Every fall, during the holiday period, I find… Read More

‘Pennies for Preemies’ Parshat Noach

This week’s Torah portion is Parshat Noach, and my Haftarah is from the Book of Isaiah. As a result of the flooding Israel was experiencing,Isaiah likens Israel to a barren woman whom God is ignoring. Now, Isaiah is not saying literally that Israel is a barren woman, but he is expressing that all things that… Read More