The Right Person

Editor-in-Chief

As a city of neighborhoods, Baltimore could easily be viewed as a municipality by its very nature destined for conflict. The concerns of the Inner Harbor are distinct from the needs of Penn North; Roland Park is not Southwest Baltimore, and what the primarily Jewish community in Upper Park Heights experiences is unique from the… Read More

A Better World

Editor-in-Chief

In his whirlwind tour of three American cities last week before departing for Rome, Pope Francis inspired crowds totaling close to a million people at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, prodded politicians in Washington to reach out to the less fortunate, especially immigrants, and exhorted world leaders gathered at the United Nations to… Read More

How to Change a Life

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Whose life will you change today? We all have the power to do it. Sometimes it’s the simple act of reaching out to a friend in need at precisely the right time. Or perhaps it’s the kindness you show a stranger during a chance encounter. What if you could change thousands of lives with a… Read More

Open Letter to Sen. Ben Cardin

So Ben, you knew your “no” vote wouldn’t stop the deal. (“Done Deal,” Sept. 11). You clamed you “don’t believe we got everything we needed” and that “we could have done better.” Maybe, but probably not since we were not the only country negotiating with Iran.  So, what was the real basis of your decision?… Read More

Mencken: Not Anti-Semitic

Although H.L. Mencken did not hold back on his criticism of Jews, his actions speak louder than his words (“Lecture Tackles Mencken’s Possible Anti-Semitism,” Sept. 4). At the time, in the late 1930s, he was one of the very few who spoke out in defense of Jews and criticized President Franklin Roosevelt for not doing… Read More

Rugelach: Dairy, yes!

The Sept. 18 article, “Rugelach Roundtable,” poses the question, “Does this beloved pastry need to be dairy to taste good?” My answer is “Yes.  Now I know why I never selected rugelach from a kosher dessert table. A proper chef will always use real ingredients — butter and cottage cheese. He or she will never… Read More

What I Saw on the Migrants’ Road to Budapest

As our car rolled slowly toward Budapest, we saw a huge group heading in the opposite direction on the highway just outside the city: Hundreds of people quietly walking in the breakdown lane, marching toward freedom and peace. I couldn’t tell if the other drivers were lifting their heads or not, but I couldn’t look… Read More

Extremism in the Defense of, What?

Thus far, the Republican presidential sweepstakes has resembled a video game, where the contenders shoot each other with invective, and the score is tallied by opinion polls and the size of supporter donations. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s score appeared to be approaching zero last week when he declared he was ending his quest for the… Read More

The Pope’s Prescription for Congress

Pope Francis’ visit to Capitol Hill brought much praise and generous applause. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call/Newscom)

One of the most widely reported highlights of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States was his historic visit to Capitol Hill last Wednesday. In the first-ever address by a pope to a joint meeting of Congress, Pope Francis tackled several humanitarian subjects that he urged U.S. lawmakers to address. On immigration, he told the … Read More

Let’s Not Lose Sight of What’s Important Ki Tisa

This week, we read from the Torah portion Ki Tisa.  We read this portion during Sukkot because Sukkot is a celebratory holiday. This portion reminds us of the true meaning of the holiday, which is even more. It reminds us that there are consequences for our actions. Often on Sukkot, people are joyous and throw… Read More