Opinion

Parshat Vayikra
March 6, 2014

This week we begin the third book of the Torah, Vayikra, which means “God called.” This book of the Torah talks about how our ancestors praised God by sacrificing animals in the Temple. I believe that the Israelites brought sacrifices because they thought they needed to express thanks to God, thanks for everything that He CONTINUE »

BY Melissa Gerr
March 6, 2014

In the short time I’ve been writing for JT I have met some truly remarkable people in Baltimore’s Jewish community. Jake Levin, who passed away March 1 at the age of 98, was one of them. I met Jake last October, and like other people I have had the good fortune to profile, I was CONTINUE »

BY Robert Israel Lappin and Deborah L. Coltin
March 6, 2014

While changing Birthright Israel’s eligibility requirements to include young adults who previously participated on a teen Israel experience appears to be a worthy addition to the ubiquitous free trip program, it is, in fact, a mirage and a misstep. The change has the appearance of bringing more young people to Israel, but because the experience CONTINUE »

BY Rachel Brustein
March 6, 2014

Having grown up at a Reform Jewish summer camp and in the Reform movement’s youth group NFTY, I knew Jewish life was something I wanted to hold onto in college. I attended the first Shabbat dinner of my freshman year, where I met peers who have become my close friends, and was motivated to apply CONTINUE »

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March 6, 2014

The Kingdom of Jordan has made a virtue of its weakness. Ruled by a canny monarchy that manages to balance competing forces within the country and kept afloat by international aid, Jordan has always seemed fragile. Yet, Jordan is pro-Western and a close and reliable friend of the United States (the notable exception being Jordan’s CONTINUE »