Parshat Toldot Eye to the Future

Today we read Parshat Toldot. Toldot describes two brothers, Esau and Jacob, who are total opposites. Esau, a courageous hunter, loves physical power. He does things on the spur of the moment. Jacob, on the other hand, is sensitive, gentle and plans in advance. He understands that in order to succeed, you must keep one foot… Read More

Priti Patel’s Blunder

Americans consumed with domestic government and sex scandals can be forgiven for not being aware of the recurring scandals in the United Kingdom which are embroiling Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative government. The latest concerns the now former secretary of state for international development, Priti Patel. A strong Israel supporter in a largely pro-Israel government,… Read More

Challenges for the Democrats

At a reception in Washington last week, a group of Jewish Democrats announced the creation of a new organization to support the election of Democratic candidates nationally and to further the general agenda of Jewish Democrats, who tend to be center or center-left. That the coming-out party happened the day after off-year elections produced two… Read More

Solutions to Gun Violence Are Out There

More than 30 years ago I was a young staffer in a domestic violence shelter helping women and their children flee their violent abuser. I witnessed firsthand the power of a gun woven into the tragic tapestry of family violence. And even then, when as a movement we were still trying to understand the mindset… Read More

Giving Thanks

As the 2018 women’s campaign chair for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, I have the privilege of having meaningful Jewish conversations with many members of our community. I hear the reasons why they support the local agencies serving needs in Baltimore; and I learn why our work in Israel, the former Soviet Union… Read More

Honor Our Veterans…and the Earth

Although we honored our military on Veterans Day (“Veterans Day Events Honor Jewish Service Men, Women,” Nov. 10) with wonderful programs, I was appalled at the event I attended by the use of non-disposable materials such as Styrofoam cups and plastic bags. You don’t have to believe in global warming to acknowledge that the use… Read More

Thank You, JT

My husband, Morton Weiner, and I were interviewed by Erica Rimlinger for the Nov. 3 Beshert column (“After 72 Years, a Lifetime Commitment That’s as Strong as Ever”). I wanted to thank you for using almost the entire interview in the magazine. And I also want to acknowledge the very warm and professional way Erica… Read More

People of the Book What Imagination Can Do for Jews

Places like Pikesville are where creativity goes to die. Pikesville is a place where the most temperamentally conservative people, born lower-middle class, found an upper middle class living by doing exactly what their parents and teachers ordered them to do to the letter of the crossed t and dotted i. The average Pikesville resident did… Read More

A Higher Calling

When Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced his long-anticipated run for governor, he joined a crowded Democratic primary with eight other candidates, including a former NAACP president and CEO, Michelle Obama’s former policy director and the Prince George’s County Executive. All are hoping to take on highly popular Gov. Larry Hogan in next November’s general… Read More