Don’t Endanger Americans

Syrian immigrants pose a grave  danger to all Americans —  and  especially to American Jews and gays. Top Obama administration officials testified that Syrian refugees cannot be properly vetted. As FBI Director James Comey stated, “We can query our databases until the cows come home, but nothing will show up because we have no record… Read More

Seeing Through the Transparency Bill

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked’s bill most certainly would promote intimidation. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)

Under a bill introduced by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked of the right-wing Jewish Home party and approved by the Israeli Cabinet on Dec. 27, new rules are going to be imposed on Israeli nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that receive funding support from foreign governments.  According to supporters, the Shaked bill is a “transparency bill” designed to… Read More

Rabbis Ignore Facts

I agree with Rabbis Marla Hornstein and Ary Lorge in their support of Planned Parenthood. (“A Choice That Needs Protection,” Dec. 18).  However, I cannot understand why the rabbis are blinded by the exposure of Planned Parenthood’s selling of fetus body parts. They state, “The  alleged evidence documenting such behavior has been shown either not… Read More

Breaking Our Silence

The body of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh, surrounded by relatives, is carried at her funeral in the Palestinian village of Duma. (Oren Ziv/Getty Images)

The images are shocking. Celebrants at a Jewish wedding in Jerusalem dance to a rock band while brandishing assault rifles, guns, knives and a fake Molotov cocktail, and repeatedly stab a photograph of Ali Dawabsheh, the 18-month-old Palestinian toddler who was murdered along with his parents by Jewish  terrorists in the West Bank village of… Read More

The Responsibility Is Ours and Ours Alone

First of all, thanks to the JT for publishing its most recent articles on cemeteries, “Honoring Those Who Came Before Us” (Dec. 18). From my perspective, the issues burdening our cemeteries come from multiple layers. And there is no quick fix because the amount of rot within the root system has caused the decay portrayed… Read More

My Candidacy Calls for Reform

When I read “District 11 Team Endorses Van Hollen for Senate” (Dec. 25), I had to chuckle. Maryland’s District 11 team, consisting of Sen. Bobby Zirkin and Delegates Shelly Hettleman, Dan Morhaim, and Dana Stein have a great deal in common with Congressman Chris Van Hollen. They are all typical politicians who take campaign contributions… Read More

No Reason to Spy

One of the many surprising revelations made by  Edward Snowden in 2013 was that the National  Security Agency was tapping the phone conversations of world leaders, most famously German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a key U.S. ally. That led President Barack Obama in January 2014 to announce that the United States would no longer spy on… Read More

How Humble Is Too Humble? Parshat Shemot

When we open the Book of Exodus this week and turn to Parshat Shemot, we find that the Israelites are suffering under the tyranny of ego. Pharaoh, a despot who believes himself to be more powerful than God — indeed, he believes that he is a god himself — has enslaved the Israelites in order… Read More

Why ‘Good for the Jews’ Is Bad for the Jews

Ever wonder if Bernie Sanders is good for the Jews? How about Andy Warhol? The pope? 9/11? The Diaspora? Alexander the Great? Drake? The year 5775? “Is it good for the Jews?” is as much a punchline as a question. And yet, whether the question is asked explicitly or not, there remains a corner of… Read More

Why I’m Moving My Family to Israel

I can tell that some friends and relatives think my decision to move my family to Israel for a year is, well, questionable. “So you’re really going to do this?” one friend asked over coffee, eyes widening. My father suggested that we†might consider somewhere in the country less “tense” than Jerusalem —Tel Aviv, perhaps? Other… Read More