Opinion

June 12, 2014

Your May 29 editorial, “Pope in the Holy Land,” noted that the recent visit by Pope Francis to the Middle East was “a very delicate trip.” Certainly, it was no simple task for the pope to interact with audiences who have such different and competing perspectives. Still, with all due respect to the pontiff, it CONTINUE »

June 12, 2014

I write in response to your article “The Battle for District 2” (June 6), which implies that the county executive and certain developers are supporting my campaign because Councilwoman Vicki Almond didn’t do what they wanted. The real story here is that Almond accepted over $50,000 in campaign contributions from one developer whose project she CONTINUE »

June 12, 2014

Empowerment! That’s what Jewish philanthropy is all about. Many years ago, when I was asked to become the campaign chairperson for the Jewish Federation of Howard County, the first thing I did was talk it over with my husband, Harry. We decided it was our time, and he became my tireless partner in this critical CONTINUE »

June 12, 2014

The May 30 editorial deploring “Ugly Muslim Bashing” was splendid. But it did not take matters far enough. It is not simply offensive “to condemn all Muslims because of the hateful views of some” of them. One of every five individuals on Planet Earth is a Muslim. To go out of one’s way to pick CONTINUE »

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BY Rabbi Benjamin Sharff
June 12, 2014

I am a liberal Jew and a Reform rabbi, and I love Israel. I have traveled to Israel. I lived in Israel, and I lead trips to Israel such as the one this coming December. I even married the daughter of Israelis. So when I express concern for Eretz Yisrael, it is coming from a CONTINUE »