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By Jill Max, Co-chair, The Associated’s Israel Engagement Center Tuli, my driver, greeted me with his handwritten sign and immediately launched into what I can only assume is his typical comedy routine. We walked to the van and he asked me if I spoke Hebrew. “I used to, but it’s been quite a long time,”… Read More

The Wisdom of the Kurds

Some 30 million Kurds live in an area that includes parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. A non-Arab Sunni people, the Kurds have the distinction of being the world’s largest stateless minority. But that may be changing. The massive shifts occurring in the Middle East and the practiced moderation of Iraq’s Kurds have produced… Read More

Let’s Choose Our Words Wisely

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According to the biblical account, creation didn’t take place through fire or a divine wind. The world instead came into being through speech. As taught and amplified by the Jewish tradition in the thousands of years since that seminal event, words — even when limited to the constricted realm of human speech — have retained… Read More

Land of the Free? Not with Brown, Frosh

I read the op-eds in the JT’s “Get Out the Vote” (June 24) issue by Anthony Brown and Brian Frosh, who won Maryland’s Democratic primary for governor and attorney general, respectively. They are decent hard-working men, but in my view and the view of many Marylanders, they are leaders who have profoundly lost their way…. Read More

Jewish Humor: A History as Dense as Matzo Balls

Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Jonah Hill, Adam Sandler, The Three Stooges … there are a lot more Jewish comedians than meet the eye. In fact, Jewish comedians accounted for 80 percent of all comedians in the U.S. during the 1970s. The abundance and success of Jewish comedians can mostly be accredited to the distinct form… Read More

Keep Pollard Right Where He Is

The JT’s July 4 editorial “Peres, Dershowitz, Obama — and Pollard” overlooked the bigger picture. For example, the legal scholars’ letter to the president cited claimed that Pollard’s sentence was “unprecedented … disproportionate.” The issue is American exceptionalism.  An exceptional — unprecedented — crime warrants no less than an exceptional — disproportionate — punishment. There… Read More

Presbyterians Need to Curtail Hostility

The JT’s editorial “With friends like these …” (June 27) understated the hostility toward the Jewish state by the Presbyterian Church (USA). Agenda item 04-09, “Resolution on Equal Rights for All Inhabitants of Israeland Palestine and on Conversations with Prophetic Voices,” passed 61-4 and supports the Palestinian Arab position in every single case with no… Read More

Best Defense: Take Pride in Being Jewish

Shortly after reading the JT’s “Who’s that Knocking at the Door?” (June 20) about Israel Restoration Ministries, I experienced the soliciting of their proselytizing message. Arriving by car at my home in the Stevenson area around 11 a.m. on June 23, I was accosted on my driveway by a number of African-American adults and youths… Read More

Shame in the House of Israel

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Coming as it did on the heels of the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teens, the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian, was assumed to be an act of revenge. Whether the six men arrested Sunday in the crime turn out to be ultra-nationalist fanatics or mere thugs, they have brought… Read More

Summer Camp: Nothing Beats It

Summer is here! I can’t help but get excited because I hope and know that summer memories for my children will be some of the highlights of their life experiences. For me, summer camp was transformative. It was the time of year that I connected with my closest friends, explored new interests I never knew… Read More