‘Everyone’s Rabbis’

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The recent election in Israel of Rabbi David Lau as Ashkenazi chief rabbi, and Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef as Sephardi chief rabbi, may seem like a victory for the status quo. Indeed, many assume that the new chief rabbis are unlikely to make any meaningful changes in the Rabbinate’s approach and attitude toward the increasing number… Read More

Jerusalem Is Part Of Israel

Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Its final status will be determined in negotiations with the Palestinians. These dual realities hover in the background of the case of Zivotofsky v. Secretary of State and last week’s ruling in that case by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. At issue was whether… Read More

The Real Winner

I stood on our blacktop driveway holding my bike. My hands smoothed over the shiny black metal frame. Its high leather seat stood proudly at the top, looking down on the wide handlebars with the extra-firm handbrakes. I hopped on my brand new mountain bike. As I rode down the dirt hill in our backyard,… Read More

Why Can’t We Talk About It?

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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…. Read More

Word Of The Day

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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… Read More

The Best Medicine

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… Read More

A Childhood Memory

Joan Chaskelson of Reisterstown is not the only JT reader who remembers kosher “bacon” (“B-A-A-A-Con Up A Storm,” June 28). In the 1960s, it was sold as Beef-Fry and was indeed considered a treat. I have searched high and low on the Internet [to find it] to no avail. Right now it remains a tasty… Read More

Not The Rabbis’ Opinion

Contrary to the position of the Zionist Organization of America  (“Bravo,” July 12) as formulated by its German-born national president Morton Klein, Judaism is not a civilization, let alone a religion of blood  and soil.  The West Bank settlers are anything but, as Marc Caroff claims, “the living embodiment of our shared Jewish heritage.” The… Read More