The Importance of Helping Others Parshat Va-yiggash

This week we are reading Parshat Va-yiggash, which means “and he approached.” It is the story of how Judah defends his brother, Benjamin, who is accused of stealing Joseph’s goblet. This parshah takes place in Egypt several years later now that Joseph is a top Egyptian official. The parshah opens with a beautiful monologue by… Read More

We Always Remember

I join millions of Americans, Jewish and non-Jewish, who are angered and upset about President Barack Obama’s parting gift to the Middle East — a confusing foreign policy that will haunt the world for years to come (“Obama Abstains on Israel,” Dec. 30). But make no mistake, this decision is not his alone. He has… Read More

Take Nothing for Granted

I am sure the majority in the Jewish community are not single-issue voters, but they certainly make it easy for the Democrats to “count” on us. This past election was the most vulgar and unprecedented in my 70-plus years. It’s hard to believe the outcome. And I hope the two-term Democratic president’s failure to support… Read More

Shame on ‘Our Friend’

In response to the JT’s Dec. 30 article “BJC ‘Profoundly Disappointed’ by UN Resolution”: A pox on the House of Obama and Kerry Who stuck it to Israel, then sat and made merry. A censure vote in the U.N., Obama abstains. Blame it on the Jews, Kerry explains And no loud condemnation or outrage from… Read More

Encourage Patronage

Regarding the JT’s Dec. 30 cover story “An Uncertain Future” about the demise of Owings Mills Mall: It was written that “some point to the death of Christina Brown as the beginning of the mall’s decline,” Brown, a cleaning company employee, “was shot and killed while walking on a path from the mall to the… Read More

UN Calls It ‘Palestinian Territory’; History Says It’s Not

The U.N. Security Council resolution condemning “Israel’s establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem” was one-sided and unfair. That’s obvious. The resolution certainly won’t encourage the Palestinians to negotiate, since they see they can get what they want without negotiating. No doubt about that. And the countries that voted for… Read More

People of the Book?

Gut yor! I’m Evan Tucker. Before we were Tuckers, we were Ticockis, and before that, we were Charlaps, meaning that my family is descended from King David. The direct founder of our lineage is Yakhya Ibn Yakhya, whose name is an acronym for Khiya, Rosh L’Galut Portugal/Poleen, which means somewhere along the way, I had… Read More

Making the American Jewish Community Great Again

Why is it that the tendency of the Jewish community is to splinter over the tiniest of disagreements, to near battle stations when issues as critical as the existential threat to Israel posed by Iran’s nuclear capabilities become an issue of contention? Our ancestors are, no doubt, terribly puzzled over the petty infighting that has… Read More

The Heart of Your Jewish Family

Whether you are in the throes of parenting or you have already raised your children (and are relating to older or adult children), you hope and pray that you have prepared them well. You hope you have passed down a depth of love and values that reflect that. you have nurtured, protected, guided and dispensed… Read More

Getting It Right

Rising like a Phoenix out of the ashes on the west side of Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills, the $140 million Foundry Row project has transformed what once was industrial land into a premier retail and gastronomic center. Anchored by Wegmans, the development, which celebrated its grand opening last month, seems to have sparked some… Read More