We Need to Listen

My friends, I think it’s time we all had a heart-to-heart. Like you all, I saw the results late into the early morning last Wednesday. I was floored by the magnitude of the outcome of the presidential contest, which essentially indicted an entire industry of media analysts and political prognosticators as professional navel-gazers. I internalized… Read More

State Says No to Voter Intimidation

Voter intimidation is prohibited by federal law, as Joshua Runyan pointed out in the JT (“Getting Out the Vote,” Nov. 4). It’s also prohibited by Maryland law. Flyers were distributed in predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhoods urging people to vote on the Thursday after Election Day in 2004. They also  implied that you couldn’t vote… Read More

Speak Out for Social Justice

I want to respond to “Shall We Really Pursue Justice in Baltimore in 5777?” by Claire Landers in the Oct. 7 edition of the JT. I believe the prophet Isaiah calls on us to engage with this issue and with others related to social justice here in Baltimore. A Department of Justice study reveals details… Read More

The Jewish Agency after Sharansky

The day before Natan Sharansky was  appointed to a second term as chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel in 2013,  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the former Soviet political prisoner and Likud party government minister a “symbol of Jewish unity and a symbol of the triumph of the Jewish people over  adversity.” You… Read More

Pushing Back at the Wall

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was critical of American Jewish community leaders who were involved in staging a march to the Kotel, or Western Wall, on Nov. 2 as part of a protest to restrictions on egalitarian worship at the holy site. About a dozen Torah scrolls were carried into the women’s section for use… Read More

Good Intentions Are Not Enough Parshah Lekh Lekha

This week’s parshah is Lekh Lekha, which introduces the character of Abraham. Abraham is known as a good and obedient man. But I’ve always doubted that blind faith in G-d is the same as being good. Studying Abraham, I found myself asking, “Was he a good person? What were his intentions?” But good intentions aren’t… Read More

UN’s Anti-Israel Resolutions Are Unjust

World War II taught the  international community that more needed to be done to protect at-risk cultures, especially since the war targeted the Jewish population and attempted to dissolve the Jewish identity. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), established in 1945 in response to World War II, seeks to preserve history and… Read More

When a Jew Travels to Poland

Once, when a Jewish person  announced plans to visit Germany, friends would ask, “Why would you want to go there?” They were obviously unaware of Germany’s move from its past — evident in the handsome German-Jewish History Museum, the encouragement  of new Jewish communities throughout the country and the opening of a touching outdoor memorial… Read More

Thank God, the Election Is Over

Among all of the presidential elections I’ve covered as a journalist, I’ve long considered the historic showdown between Al Gore and George W. Bush as the election to end all elections. I was assigned to report on the final days of the Gore campaign from its election night headquarters in Nashville, Tenn. Every single print… Read More

Anti-Semitism: Danger to Us All

My father, Haim Hendrick Roet, a Holocaust survivor from the Netherlands, addressed the United Nations General Assembly in January during its annual Holocaust memorial ceremony with this poignant cri de coeur: “Looking back 70 years,” he said, “it is heartbreaking that as a world, we did not learn enough from the Holocaust.” Eight months later,… Read More