People of the Book The Hedgehog and The Fox

The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing. The fox skits about, collecting from every place it can reach; the hedgehog collects exclusively from the small piece of land under which it burrows. The fox is clever and social, he easily escapes conflict and blends into his surroundings. The hedgehog is dogged and… Read More

ACLU Needs to Read Before It Gripes

Any threat to free speech needs to be taken seriously. And when the ACLU raises the free speech flag, people generally pay attention. But despite what you may have heard, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act now being considered on Capitol Hill poses no such threat to free speech. The bill, which was introduced in the Senate… Read More

How Deeply Should We Grieve?

Next month, on the ninth day of the Hebrew month Av, my fellow traditional Jews will mourn the destruction of the two Temples in Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 587 B.C.E. and the Romans in 70 C.E. We will fast, read the Book of Lamentations and recite kinot — dirges that lament those disasters. Without… Read More

A Proper Memorial in Its Proper Place

As managing editor, I get a lot of story pitches. It’s my job to figure out which ones to pursue for the publication and which just aren’t the right fit. I’ve found that some of the best pitches — which have turned into some of the best stories — come from community members who are… Read More

Heart of Humanity Parshat Devarim

Just prior to the conclusion of the 1978 Camp David Accords, Jimmy Carter submitted a letter for Prime Minister Menachem Begin that caused the Israeli leader to promptly return it to the leader of the free world unsigned. “But I did not ask you to give up Jerusalem,” said the astonished American president. “I only… Read More

‘It Cannot Be Allowed’

There are metal detectors outside the holiest site in Islam, the Grand Mosque in Mecca. That is because it was attacked and captured by a group of Shia terrorists in 1979, which resulted in a large-scale battle. The terrorists were sent by Iran. As a sensible security measure, the Saudis installed the metal detectors to prevent… Read More

Never Again!

The JT’s “A New Beginning” (June 23), which described the Rosewood-Stevenson University plan, is of great interest to our constituency of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The sale of the Rosewood Center property reopens questions about the dark history of segregation and fairness to people with I/DD. Designed with good intentions,… Read More

Explaining Trump

The rabbinic principle is shetikah ka-hoda’ah: Silence is concurrence. Why has the JT fallen down on the job, by not reporting President Donald J. Trump’s latest snub of worldwide Jewry? The AP story was “Trump Speech Takes Place …” at Polish uprising monument, but, unlike all former presidents and vice presidents visiting Warsaw since 1969,… Read More