Say The Shema

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Shema Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad. It’s the last thing my kids hear each night before bed … that is until they start hollering at the top of their lungs, “Abba, get me water!” Seriously though, I sing the Shema each night at their bedsides. Every time I do this, a chill runs through my… Read More

Working For The Greater Good

The editorial, “HIAS In Search Of A Mission” (July 26), touched a raw nerve. I was born in Germany and came to Baltimore as a 6-year-old with my parents and two older siblings. We were refugees from Hitler and were helped by HIAS. We were also helped by a number of others, most especially our… Read More

I Shudder To Think

The view that HIAS should simply fold up its tent because there are no more Jewish refugees to help represents parochialism at its worst (“HIAS In Search Of A Mission,” July 26). I am the son of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany who resettled in Baltimore in 1937, helped by HIAS. Nothing pleases me more… Read More

Overridden

I found your apologetic Helen Thomas editorial (“The Power of Words,” July 26) to be off the mark. It is not just “others” who said her hostility to Israel and Jews was there all along. She said it. Thomas made that clear in her March 2011 Playboy interview in which she claimed to believe in… Read More

It Is Easy To Forget

I want to commend Simone Ellin for her Opening Thoughts column on racism within the Jewish community (July 26). This topic is rarely discussed, but it is certainly one that needs to be brought to the forefront. I began to notice the pervasiveness of these racist sentiments in high school, when I first learned about… Read More

Sorry, Rubin!

In a letter positioned at the bottom of your “Your Say …” section (July 26), “Hebrew Christian” leader Barry Rubin complains that his letters are placed at the bottom of that section, below those of Jews for Judaism leaders and community rabbis. His sentiment: How dare the Baltimore Jewish Times give priority to Jewish concerns… Read More

Shun Henry Kissinger

Why would an organization dedicated to promoting “serious Jewish thought about the enduring questions of human life and the pressing challenges that confront the Jewish people” associate with a man responsible for one of the ugliest remarks ever made to an American president concerning the Jewish people? This question is prompted by the shockingly misguided… Read More

Grieving Lessons

The adage is true: There’s nothing worse than losing a child. I discovered this a year ago when we laid our beautiful daughter, Rachel, to rest after a long illness. She was 28. Having lost parents and in-laws, I thought I understood everything about grief. I was wrong. Over the past year, I’ve learned things… Read More

You Call This Peace Talks?

It would be hard to find a more mocked beginning to yet another peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. Indeed, the naysayers have it right when they say that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has no courage, is absurdly absolutist in his demands and is more afraid of compromise than most Israelis. Indeed, Abbas — whose… Read More

Lost Its Way?

One can only applaud the restarting of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank. Yet, given the other problems the U.S. currently faces in the Middle East, it is an open question as to whether Secretary of State John Kerry should have spent so much time on Israel-Palestinian peace… Read More