Tackling Race by the Cup

Employees on the front lines of the service economy are compelled to say a lot of things to customers at corporate behest, whether it’s “Would you like to supersize that?” or by responding to “Thank you” with the unnatural “My pleasure.” As of Sunday, baristas at Starbucks will no longer have to worry about following… Read More

Netanyahu’s Victory

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, flanked by his wife and Likud Party supporters, has a lot of fence-mending to do.
(Miriam Alster/Flash90)

In last week’s election, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defied polls, surprised pundits and confounded expectations by pulling off a clear victory. We congratulate him as he negotiates a coalition for his historic fourth term as prime minister. We are concerned, however, that there was a heavy price for Netanyahu’s victory. His last-minute renunciation of… Read More

The Victorious Victim Parshat Vayikra

I always experience a sense of excitement when I begin a new book. I am convinced that most avid readers feel the same way. This Shabbat gives us an opportunity to experience that excitement as we begin a new book, the Book of Leviticus, with Parshat Vayikra. Leviticus has historically had mixed reviews. On the… Read More

The Muslim Reality

Joshua Runyan’s column “A Matter of Survival” (March 13) misses the reality of the situation. Ten percent of the Muslim population of 1.4 billion believe in the radical Islamic theology and believe in Muslim supremacy and world domination. There is no hope of dialogue or accommodation with this increasingly violent segment.

Shame on the JT

I have been watching the sad goings-on at the Baltimore Jewish Times for a very long time, and it has published many disgusting, disgraceful pieces in the past decade or so. But it has surpassed itself in breathtaking stupidity and disregard for all decency by publishing not one, but two smears of Elie Wiesel (Your… Read More

Tough Act to Follow

The scramble to fill the shoes of Sen. Barbara Mikulski is on (“Raise Hell Instead of Money: Mikulski announces her last term in Senate,” March 6). I hope that whoever succeeds her will continue to embody the principles that have been the hallmark of her career. While remaining firmly committed to liberal ideals in the… Read More

Times Gets It Wrong on JNF and Bedouin Arabs

In a March 1 op-ed for The New York Times, “The Two Israels,” Nicholas Kristof made a rather broad accusation stating that Jewish National Fund plants forests on land owned by Bedouin Arabs. Unfortunately, Kristof chose to subscribe to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement’s diatribe against Israel and used JNF as a straw… Read More

Twisted Logic

In political arenas, both domestic and international, logic does not always prevail. In fact, emotion, wishful thinking and just plain spinning the facts to meet one’s needs seems to have become more and more prevalent. A case in point is the Armenian diaspora’s insistence that Jews throughout the world publicly support Armenian claims related to… Read More

Unnecessary Fighting Words

So clear was the line between good and evil during World War II that it virtually obliterated the idea that Jews could ever be on two sides of the same international conflict. The fact that in World War I there were Jews who fought for Germany while other Jews fought for the Allies seems hard… Read More

Troubling Anti-Semitism at UCLA

Questions put to a Jewish student in her bid for a judicial board spot were highly offensive, to say the least.
(Mark & Audrey Gibson Stock Connection Worldwide/Newscom)

Rachel Beyda is a UCLA sophomore who recently sought a seat on the judicial board of the school’s Undergraduate Students Association Council. During questioning by the Council on her application, four members voiced concern that Beyda might have a conflict of interest in adjudicating issues brought to the judicial board because she is Jewish. Thus,… Read More