The Stew of Demonization

There may be many reasons — none of them justified — why 17-year-old Muhammad Nasser Tarayrah jumped the fence around the Kiryat Arba settlement near Hebron and stabbed to death 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel. But even if it is determined why Tarayrah — who was shot and killed by guards after the attack — murdered… Read More

Look to Gematria for Trump Endorsement

Shlomo Kahn (“Strange Bedfellows,” June 16) zogt emes (speaks the truth). Indeed, from a Jewish standpoint, Donald Trump is the authentic biblical candidate for president. After all, the real estate mogul’s most famous book is the “Art of the Deal.” The  Hebrew word for “deal” (i.e., contractual arrangement) is, of course, brit. The Donald is… Read More

Howard County Federation Keeps Moving Forward

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When you look around Howard County, we do not seem like a community in need of philanthropy, in need of financial support. In reality, Howard County is no different than any other community in this country. From where I sit every day, I see people who need support … and the Jewish community turns to… Read More

Absurd Statements

Did Alan Kelman really say “considering homosexuality or transsexuality”? (Your Say letter, “JT Story Troubling,” July 1). Did he really ask, “What if this is a phase and the right psychotherapist working with these young men could turn them around?” What century is he living in? This astounds me. Being gay isn’t a choice or… Read More

Accept All People

After reading the article about the young adults who came to and will continue to come to terms with who they are and how G-d chose to make them, we are all aware that religiously observant Jews have specific challenges if they are not on the binary system of gender and sexuality within our Orthodox… Read More

A Show of Courage

Unlike Dr. Alan Kelman, whose July 1 letter “JT Story Troubling” criticized the JT’s “Orlando Shooting Brings UMD Students Out of the Closet” (June 24), I want to commend both the reporting and the courage of the young adults profiled in the article. I was appalled at the condescending and disrespectful tone of Kelman’s letter…. Read More

In America, New Levels of Generosity

Perhaps helped with several mega-gifts, American donors in 2015 were more generous than ever, according to the 61st issue of “Giving USA,” the annual report on charitable activity in the United States. Total giving surpassed $373.3 billion, with several categories tracked by the report reflecting very significant increases in giving — both in real dollars… Read More

The Importance of the Past Parshat Korach

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Chadeish yameinu k’kedem, “Renew our days as of old” (Lamentations 5:21). Perhaps not as dramatic as “Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear” (from the opening sequence of “The Lone Ranger”), but the sentiment is the same. Simply put, the past was better than the present. It’s a common theme for the… Read More

The JCC’s Slippery Slope

We must always give credit to the leadership and dedicated staff and volunteers of The  Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and to its affiliated agencies. Baltimore has been extremely fortunate in building a solid Jewish infrastructure, and the Jewish community is known as one of great kindness. Every Jewish Baltimorean must support and volunteer… Read More

A Shining Light

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This has certainly been a summer of transition for Jewish Baltimore, with departures of top officials at community institutions and area nonprofits. Earlier this month, the JT profiled Art Abramson, who stepped down in May after almost 26 years leading the Baltimore Jewish Council as its executive director. Two weeks later, we featured a cover… Read More