Sacred Responsibility

Every June as I look around our community, I am inspired by the many graduates, decked out in caps and gowns, celebrating their accomplishments with their loved ones. For many, it’s the end of a journey they began when they were preschoolers and took their initial steps toward independence. Now, these young men and women… Read More

Fighting Back on Campus

  With regard to the JT’s “What about Self-Defense” (June 9), many of our colleges have become bastions of radicalism. Students and faculty who do not actively support the radicalism du jour are intimidated into silence. Faculty members may be in danger of being forced out by outrageous student demands, which are endorsed by many… Read More


The JT’s June 23 poll question — “Do you think Jared Kushner’s Middle East trip will have an impact on the peace process?” — left me absolutely amazed. It is actually meaningless. Of course, he will. The real question deals with the quality of his impact, i.e., will it be a positive effect or a… Read More

A Matter of Transparency

Numerous “American friends of” organizations exist in the Jewish communal firmament to help direct funds to worthy causes in Israel. That’s what most people thought was the case with an organization known as Aish International — it was generally assumed to be the American fundraising arm of Jerusalem-based Aish HaTorah, the haredi Orthodox outreach group… Read More

A Call for Thoughtful Dialogue

The human capacity to devise new ways to disrupt, terrorize, injure and kill appears limitless. And so it was on June 14 that James T. Hodgkinson, armed with a semiautomatic rifle, turned the congressional Republican team’s practice for the next day’s baseball game for charity into a bloodbath. Hodgkinson, who was shot and killed by… Read More

Let’s Break Political Intolerance

The shooting in Alexandria, Va., that nearly killed Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) should be a wakeup call for all of us concerned about today’s nasty political rhetoric. But instead of tamping down the political rhetoric, there are those who are seeking to politicize this tragedy by compounding the blame and hate. For instance, there is… Read More

New Day for Rosewood

I drive by the former Rosewood Center every day on Garrison Forest Road on my way to the Jewish Times’ Owings Mills office. Its boarded- up buildings covered in vines, abandoned basketball courts and overgrown grass are as much a part of my commute as Greenspring Station, which I also pass every day. An average… Read More

The Quest for Holiness Parshat Korach

Where did Korach err in his rebellion against Moses and Aaron? On the surface, his argument appears to be both logical and just: “You [Moses and Aaron] have gone too far. The entire congregation is holy, and God is in their midst. So why do you raise yourselves above God’s assembly?” Indeed, did not the… Read More

British Jews Shouldn’t Give Up on Labour

For me, the main takeaway from the British election June 8 was that Jeremy Corbyn, far-left leader of the opposition Labour party, didn’t win it. Most of the ridicule in the wake of the election has been aimed at Conservative Party Prime Minister Theresa May for her political error worthy of an Elizabethan farce —… Read More