In the Footsteps of Abraham

Except for the saints among us, we all boast. Sometimes, we boast about our own natural endowments, our good looks or our athletic prowess. Often, we boast about our achievements, social or professional. There is one type of boasting that seems to be unique to the traditional Jewish community. That is boasting not about oneself,… Read More

Peres, Dershowitz, Obama — and Pollard

Last week, a perfect storm of sorts formed over Washington in the long campaign to win Jonathan Pollard’s release from a life sentence  for espionage. Both Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz, a Pollard supporter for decades, and outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres, who has a tangled relationship with the Pollard case, urged President Barak Obama to… Read More

‘Our Boys’

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In the weeks since their disappearance while hitchhiking home from their West Bank yeshiva, Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel became household names for many. For those who held their photos aloft at vigils, taped their pictures to their front doors or tied three yellow ribbons around a front-yard tree, they became familiar faces,… Read More

Unity in Tragedy

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This column was supposed to begin on a positive note, seeing in the recent fundraising prowess of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore a message that Jewish unity is alive and strong and can be marshaled to face the challenges of poverty and generational apathy. That all remains true, but Monday afternoon, the world… Read More

A Promise to Protect Us

Even though he led the Jewish people through great adversity, Moshe, a man so righteous that he spoke mouth to mouth with G-d, never set foot in Israel. What sin could be so great as to not permit such a holy leader like Moshe to enter Eretz Yisroel? This week’s parshah provides commentaries with potential… Read More

Israel’s Economic Impact On T he U.S.

Earlier this week I attended the annual Israel-America Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) dinner in Tel Aviv. The honorary chairman of the AMCHAM is U.S. ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro.  In his remarks, he mentioned that the very first free-trade agreement that the U.S. signed with any country was the United States-Israel Free Trade Agreement in… Read More

More Kudos for Everyman

This is wonderful (“Have You Heard? New play at Everyman Theatre more accessible than ever,” June 20). As an accessibility consultant and occupational therapist for over 25 years, I have worked with many businesses to create greater accessibility for inclusion of people with disabilities as well as to support compliance with the Americans with Disabilities… Read More

Asheville Festival Has Tie to Baltimore

I enjoyed reading the article about Jewish food festivals in unexpected places (“Culinary Delights,” June 20, 2014). Upon Googling the events I learned that this year’s Asheville, N.C., festival has yet to take place. I was surprised that was not mentioned in the article.  I was also surprised that the Baltimore connection to Asheville was… Read More

Where Are We Going With Iraq?

With their good cop/bad cop approach to foreign policy, it is hard to know exactly how far President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry will go in order to achieve the administration’s frequently conflicting goals of a peaceful world and a United States detached from it. Up until now, we haven’t seen much… Read More

With friends like these …

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What’s with the Presbyterians? On the one hand, the Presbyterian Church (USA) claims to love its “Jewish sisters and brothers” and believes in interfaith dialogue; and its member churches frequently partner with Jewish organizations to combat such societal ills as hunger and homelessness. On the other hand, the church has now become the poster child… Read More