Freedom of Religion As a Power Grab

Saul Edelman was spot-on in noting that “For Maccabees, Goal Was Power” (Your Say, Dec. 26). Judah Maccabee was an advocate of freedom of religion in the manner of “freedom of religion” espoused today in America by many Christian conservative groups: namely, the freedom to impose one’s own dogma and practice of religion upon everybody… Read More

Menorah Claim ‘Baseless, Hurtful’

In response to your article “Right to Light Denied” (Dec. 19) in which both Dr. Gary Pushkin and his wife, Kathy Abbott, accuse the board of managers of the Guilford Association and the trustees of Stratford Green Inc. of being motivated by anti-Semitism in making their decisions regarding a request to place a menorah in… Read More

Chanukah Glitz? It’s Not Our Way

When I worked in offices, I was often the only Jewish girl. Come holiday time, I used to help decorate the office’s Christmas tree as a goodwill gesture. Why should I offend my Christian co-workers when they simply did not understand what a Jewish person was expected to do or not to do. In that… Read More

How Shall We Bless Those Who Come After Us?

According to Jewish tradition, on the eve of Shabbat and holidays, before reciting Kiddush, parents bless their children. You can find these blessings in your siddur. There you will see that sons are blessed with these words: “May God inspire you to live like Ephraim and Manasseh.” Rashi teaches that the blessing for boys is… Read More

An Unsettling Future

Editor-in-Chief

Before battlefield technology evolved to the point that warfare could be conducted remotely, before Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos dreamed up the concept of deliveryman-less delivery of goods, drones were much different animals. Animals quite literally, in fact, with the term drones referring to male bees who did not make honey and did not… Read More

The Bond of Brotherliness

Why does Joseph suddenly wake up to his familial ties and reveal himself as the long-lost son and brother? Apparently, he was inspired by Judah’s stirring speech that opens our Torah reading. How did Judah strike such a responsive chord in a Joseph, whose heart had previously been so impervious to filial and sibling sensitivity?… Read More

The Power of Unity

Editor-in-Chief

Take a look at the makeup of the Jewish world around you and you might find a series of fractious divisions running through the fabric of our global community. That’s no accident, as it’s largely the divisions that garner attention, providing fodder for much of the news that’s appeared in the pages of the JT… Read More

‘Deal with It’

John H. Wilcox (“No Doubt, Maryland Is a Southern State,” Dec. 18) is totally missing the point of the letter that I wrote Nov. 21 (“‘White Power’ Letter Is Insulting”). It was not meant to be an historical narrative. What happened in the Civil War has little to do with the events of the victory… Read More

‘Between’ Is Poor Choice of Words

The JT’s Dec. 5 editorial “The Irreplaceable Netanyahu?” referred to “increasing violence in Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians.” That terminology failed to make it clear that one side is the aggressor and the other side is simply defending itself.   Palestinian terrorists in Jerusalem have been ramming their automobiles into crowds of Israelis at train… Read More

Public Menorah Lightings: Yea or Nay?

The “Editor’s Note” (‘Your Say’, Dec. 19) is summarily contradicted by Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb’s “But by My Spirit” in the very same issue. This learned d’var Torah knows nothing of “various halachic decisors’” justification of public menorah lightings in violation of the Talmud.   Quite the contrary: The estimable O.U. luminary sharply contrasts the… Read More