Yom Kippur Message: Take Nothing for Granted

On Tuesday last week, exactly one week before Rosh Hashanah, Israel awoke to a blinding sandstorm which strangely emanated from the east, from Syria and Iraq. Local meteorologists said that in the 75 years they had been keeping records, they had never seen a sandstorm coming from that direction. Generally we are affected by such… Read More

Is Migration Crisis Really a Holocaust Comparison?

Chaim Landau is past president of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis and rabbi emeritus at Ner Tamid Congregation.

I have written previously of this crisis with the warning that the millions of Muslim migrants that Europe allows to enter its borders could very well radically change the entire continent, changing the cultural, social and indeed religious foundation of Christian Europe as we know it. And now the former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Saks, my… Read More

Treating the Cause of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Migrants and refugees with temporary documents board a ferry to take them to Athens at the port of the Greek island of Kos.

There is no question that Europe should take in refugees fleeing violence in Syria, as should the United States. Israel also could take in refugees, as opposition leader Isaac Herzog has called on the government to do — even though we recognize the issues of concern that must be addressed before such a move is… Read More

The Meaning of Religious Freedom

In the American folk-hero sweepstakes, Kim Davis doesn’t come close to Norma Rae or Rosa Parks. Davis is the clerk of Rowan County, Ky., who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and served five days in jail for contempt of court. In playing out her act of defiance, Davis was not speaking religious-freedom… Read More

Twice Born Parshat Nitzavim

We have lately become accustomed to reading accounts of clergymen, teachers and rabbis who take advantage, in very ugly ways, of the young people who are in their charge. Whenever I read these accounts, I think back to when I was a young boy and to some of the rabbis and teachers that I experienced…. Read More

Adapt and Move On

Editor-in-Chief

Pay as you go. Do it yourself. Steady as she goes. Take a look around and you’ll likely see a challenging world out there for your neighborhood synagogues, and the above options are only some of the new models “old” institutions are trying in order to keep up with the times. Even in the Orthodox… Read More

Support Iran Deal and Help Wage Peace

Waging diplomacy, in concert with other major powers, has resulted in an agreement to dramatically shrink Iran’s nuclear program and to give unprecedented, detailed access to international inspectors. I am thrilled that Sen. Barbara Mikulski has joined those senators who have announced their support in favor of the Iran diplomacy! Unfortunately, Sen. Ben  Cardin failed… Read More

Iran Deal Is About U.S. Interests

Those who are opposed to the Iran deal may be making a mistake by making it about Israel (“Iran: No Deal Is Better Than Bad Deal,” Sept.4). If the deal prevents Iran from getting nuclear weapons, it is good for both the U.S. and Israel. If the deal lets Iran gets nuclear weapons, it is… Read More

Mikulski Letdown

I was appalled and disappointed that Sen. Barbara Mikulski not only voted to approve the Iran deal (last Tuesday, Sept. 2) but gave the president the necessary 34th vote to enforce it. As a five-time voter for her in her senatorial campaigns, I had assumed that she would listen to her constituents rather than as… Read More

Heed Begin’s Words From 30 Years Ago

With the looming drama surrounding the Iran nuke deal (“Iran: No Deal Is Better Than Bad Deal” and ‘Were Not Giving Away Anything,’ Sept. 4), I strongly believe as the main source of Jewish press in Baltimore, you should be required to print a speech given by Menachem Begin in May 1981. The short speech… Read More