All for One

Editor-in-Chief

To travel through the Negev Desert is to subject your senses to a sustained assault. There’s the elevation changes, the winding roads, the soaring heat. But there’s also the beauty — the wonder that is the Ramon Crater, the inexplicable colors that use the region’s sandstone as their palette. It is here that David Ben-Gurion,… Read More

Here for Everyone

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At the J, we engage thousands of people every day following the fundamental value of kol arevim zeh lazeh: all Jews are responsible for each other. We are here for everyone in our JCC community, no matter one’s religion or level of practice. Whether you visit the Rosenbloom JCC in Owings Mills, the Weinberg JCC… Read More

Can You Be Free and Torah-Observant?

Moses told Pharaoh that the G-d of the Jews said: “Let My people go, and they will worship Me.” While the Torah narrative is often portrayed as us leaving the bondage of Egypt to be free to do whatever we want, the truth is that the Torah asserts that “My people” were let go so… Read More

Let’s Hear From All Voices

Editor-in-Chief

Writing in the 10th installment of “The Federalist Papers,” James Madison decries the power of unchecked factions to destroy societies. In pathologic systems of government, he writes, “measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by superior force of an interested and overbearing… Read More

Islam Is Not Good Fit for West

Joshua Runyan’s comments are well taken (“Respond with Unity,” Jan. 16). However, refusing to call a spade a spade with regard to these incidents merely reinforces the idea that the Jews of Europe are afraid. The fact is that Islam in general is not conducive to assimilation into Western societies.   It is beyond me… Read More

Fault Lies with Arabs

Steven Krubiner’s criticisms of Netanyahu and his policies as the source of continued strife between Israel and the Arabs sound childish (“Clear Choice,” Jan. 2). The infant thinks family conflict is caused by his actions, and if he is good, this will solve mommy and daddy’s problems.   Israeli actions are secondary. Most blame for… Read More

On Iran, Obama Must Change Course

In a Jan. 9 editorial, “Time to Reconsider Iran Sanctions,” the JT suggests that the purpose of new sanctions legislation would be to keep the Iranians at the negotiation table. However, we should be mindful that sanctions were originally imposed to pressure Iran to comply with a half-dozen hard-won U.N. Security Council resolutions. These resolutions… Read More

A Day of Anomalies

The Jan. 11 solidarity event in Paris was, for this viewer, a day full of anomalies and disappointments. First, there was the march of world leaders itself. There in the front row was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with, to his left, the president of Mali, French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the… Read More

Making Education Affordable

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Americans are facing three realities regarding higher education: the rising cost of college, onerous student loan burdens and an increasing demand for a college education. With an undergraduate degree now considered the minimum ticket to the middle class, attaining one has become more difficult and often prohibitively expensive, particularly for lower-income students. President Obama’s proposal… Read More

No Hoax in Paris

There is a disturbing counter-narrative about who was behind this month’s terror attacks in Paris that led to the deaths of 14 innocent people. Listen to Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “The duplicity of the West is obvious,” Erdogan told reporters. “As Muslims we have never sided with terror or massacres. Racism, hate speech, Islamophobia… Read More