Let the Light Shine

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Judging by the work of famous Baltimorean Edgar Allen Poe, the unknown realm that’s bordered between reality and imagination is indeed a frightening one. “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before,” his narrator says in “The Raven.” Indeed, in the language… Read More

Israel’s Emerging Muslim-majority Ally

Beginning in the early 1990s, Turkey became the one Muslim-majority country that maintained a robust strategic relationship with Israel. The two countries developed strong trade ties. Israel helped update the Turkish air force, and Turkey allowed the Israeli air force to train in its airspace. There were major plans underway to further upgrade strategic ties…. Read More

Clothes Make the Story

To Paraphrase Mark Twain, “Clothes make the [story].” Throughout the course of this week’s Torah portion, references to clothing accentuate and propel the unfolding drama. As the parshah opens, the tension between Joseph and his brothers reaches its boiling point. They conspire to kill him out of jealousy, for he is their father’s favorite son,… Read More

Life-or-Death Struggle

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When Brittany Maynard, the woman with terminal brain cancer who moved to Oregon so that she could end her life under that state’s “death with dignity” provisions, took her story to the media in the form of YouTube videos, she reignited a debate about the propriety of governments allowing doctors to participate in what many… Read More

Let’s Not Lose This Important Event

The Baltimore community is in danger of losing a unique and underappreciated event, and few people seem to be aware. The Pearlstone Beit Midrash — the brain-child of Aaron Shamberg, which was developed by Jakir Manela, executive director of the Pearlstone Center, into an event attended by close to 200 people annually — will not… Read More

Use Restraint, Not Gun

My father was a park policeman in Boston 82 years ago. He did not have a gun, just a billy club. He told minor crime offenders to leave the park; maybe, and only on rare occasions with major crimes, would he be forced to use his club. If there was a major crime, he called… Read More

Wrong Name To This Miracle

There was never an Israeli military operation named “Operation  Entebbe” (“Shalom USA Signs Off,” Dec. 5). The operation to rescue the Air France passengers and crew was called  “Operation Thunderbolt.” It was then renamed “Operation Jonathan” after Jonathan Netanyahu, who was killed during the mission. In this season of celebrating miracles the JT owes it… Read More

Best Decision I Ever Made

What is BBYO? I probably hear this question at least two times every day from family, friends and teachers, Jewish and not. Here’s the simple answer: BBYO is a Jewish pluralistic youth movement for ninth- through 12-graders to have meaningful experiences and connect to their Judaism. However, if you asked me what BBYO is, that’s… Read More

Now Is the Time for a United Front

To my environmental friends, colleagues and enthusiasts on the elections: I’ve heard from many of you how the November election results, with many political seats changing, left you very disappointed. I, too, am disappointed but for a different reason. Immediately after the elections I heard environmentalists bemoan the doomed fate that was “sealed” for the… Read More

‘It Cannot Go On Like This’

The disturbing attack on a young Jewish couple in a Paris suburb on Dec. 1 contained an element not seen in previous attacks thought to be motivated by anti-Semitism: the rape of a woman. This is an appalling crime against the 19-year-old victim and makes the attack qualitatively different from the disturbing attacks on Jews… Read More