People of the Book The New Jewish Elite

When you grow up in 1990s Pikesville, you know a lot of overachievers, and you became too comfortable in their company. You begin to wonder how you came from a place where so many people seemed marked from birth for the super-class, and if you’re not one of them, bitterness can grow within you like… Read More

‘Uncle Sol’

It can’t be an easy job, working in a funeral home. Your clients are generally distraught, having just lost a loved one. It’s a difficult but absolutely essential job, especially in the Baltimore Jewish community. As you’ll read in this week’s cover story by Hannah Monicken, the staff at Sol Levinson & Bros. shoulders this… Read More

A Daughters’ Share Parshat Matot-Masei

What can we do to transmit a love of the Land of Israel to the next generation? The Book of Numbers, by concluding with the case involving the five daughters of Tzelofhad, touches on this very issue. These women — Machla, Noa, Hogla, Milca and Tirza — moved all the way up the judicial and… Read More

Our Push to Enhance Jewish Life in Baltimore

In my role as CEO of the JCC of Greater Baltimore, I believe that one of the critical roles of our organization is to provide relevant Jewish engagement for the Greater Jewish community. As with other Jewish communities nationwide, Baltimore is seeing growing rates of intermarriage and decreases in JCC and synagogue participation among its… Read More

A Time of Turmoil

It has really been a hair-raising month of events as a Jew who believes in his history and his integrity as an American rabbi. First of all, UNESCO, that world body dedicated to delegitimizing everything about Israel, declares Hebron a Palestinian historical enclave, despite Jewish biblical history and all current proofs to the contrary. And… Read More

The Water Agreement

Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority took a step toward improving the lives of their people by reaching an agreement last week to increase the supply of fresh water in the region. U.S. Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt announced the agreement on July 13 during a visit to the area, and then said that he… Read More

New Hope for Israel’s Labor Party

In France, Emmanuel Macron ran from the center, eviscerated the traditional conservative and Socialist parties and outflanked the frightening far-right National Front to become president. His newly minted political party then won a majority in the National Assembly. Will Avi Gabbay do the same in Israel? To be sure, there are differences in France’s and… Read More

Do We Really Oppose Terrorism?

It is hard to imagine that it has been 14 years since the day that changed my life forever. Fourteen years ago, on June 11, 2003, I was on bus No. 14 in Jerusalem when an 18-year-old terrorist boarded strapped with explosives and detonated. More than 100 of us were injured and 17 innocent people… Read More

Being Zayde Why Is the Sky Blue?

There certainly are a few scientific explanations about the color of the sky and how our atmosphere interacts with the sun’s rays to play tricks on our eyes to show us “color.” There is more to it than that. Remember, we are made in G-d’s image. What we see should be a reminder of grace… Read More

What Was the Sin? Parshat Pinchas

Why did Pinchas kill Kozbi? Was it because of her immoral sexual seduction of an Israelite, Zimri ben Salou, or because she and her Midianite clan worshipped the idol Pe’or? Rashi (ad loc.) is aware of the ambiguity of the verse and suggests that the end-goal of the Midianites, and the reason for which they… Read More