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I took an intro to audiology class at the University of Maryland and fell in love with the subject matter. The course made me more compassionate toward my grandmother’s long-term hearing loss and improved our relationship. This sparked a passion to improve people’s hearing and better the quality of life for people with hearing loss…. Read More

All About Shmuley

What’s with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and why is he attacking Eric Fingerhut, the president of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life? We have watched with interest as Boteach has expanded his areas of influence and claimed expertise. He moved from serving as a Chabad rabbi at Oxford University to styling himself an expert on… Read More

Not Just ‘a Bunch of Folks in a Deli’

Flowers fill a street next to a synagogue in Copenhagen, where a Jewish guard was 
killed on Saturday.

Was last Saturday’s deadly attack outside a Copenhagen synagogue during a bat mitzvah celebration resulting in the murder of a Jewish guard an anti-Semitic act? The question must be raised in light of the similarity to last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris, where gunmen killed four at a kosher market and another 12 at the… Read More

Disgraceful Events

I have great concern for Beth Alexander and her twins (“Custody Battle in Vienna Generating International Uproar,” Jan. 27, online only). Husband Michael Schlesinger has not responded to letters from British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis regarding the case, and it also concerns me that the Chabad rabbi in charge of the children’s kindergarten has not… Read More

Magical Peace? Not Hardly

I am amazed how those who espouse the Labor Party and leftist view (“Call to Labor Party,” Your Say, Jan. 30) seem to think that a unilateral withdrawal from Yehuda and Shomron will lead to a magical peace with the Palestinians. It was the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza (aka Sharon’s Folly) that had led to… Read More

CUFI, Not J Street

I certainly prefer a pro-Israel organization such as CUFI, although Christian, for the most part to the so-called Jewish organizations that spout support for Israel but then release a barrage of anti-Israel propaganda against the Jewish state (“The Other Pro-Israel Lobby,” Feb. 3, online only). Christians United for Israel has been steadfast in supporting Israel… Read More

Orthodox Inclusion

I take strong exception to the JT’s article about children with special needs (“From Awareness to Inclusion,” Feb. 6). For many years, the Orthodox day schools in Baltimore have accommodated blind children, students with profound hearing loss, kids with Down syndrome, boys and girls on the autism spectrum and children with all types of learning… Read More

Say ‘No!’ to Offshore Drilling

The recent Interior Department proposal to allow offshore oil and gas drilling along the East Coast is simply absurd. Waves of drilling could likely precede waves of oil lapping at the shores of our beloved beaches and storied seaports, imperiling fish, wildlife, local economies and treasured ways of life. The potential rewards for Maryland and… Read More

One Brick at a Time

This past November, I had the privilege of attending the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly (fondly referred to as the GA) in Washington, D.C. As someone not very religious, I found myself reflecting on what drove me to take three days away from my family and work to attend an event about which… Read More

The Jordanian Option

Has the gruesome execution by immolation of Jordanian air force Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh tipped the balance in the Arab world against the Islamic State? The swift calls in Jordan for revenge and “relentless” war, apparently part heartfelt and part orchestrated, and the kingdom’s new openness about its airstrikes against Islamic State targets suggest that some… Read More