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

Attias’ Resting Place Is Jewish Honor

In the obituary for Benzion “Nick” Attias (“Belated Goodbye,” June 27) , it is stated that “his admiration for the soldiers who liberated the Jews from the Nazis inspired Attias’ choice to be buried in the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery in Owings Mills, instead of a Jewish cemetery.” It should be noted that he was… Read More

Piety and Learning, Not Power, Is Eternal

“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Take for yourself Joshua the son of Nun, an individual who has spirit within him, and lay your hand upon him. Stand him up before Elazar the Priest and before the entire congregation, and command him before their eyes. And give of your glory upon him in order that… Read More

Upon Further Review

The hagiographic discussion of how the ”Rebbe’s Teachings Continue to Inspire” (June 20) omitted salient data. First of all, despite the fact that most rabbinic commentators insist that aliyah and settlement in the Land of Israel is one of the 613 commandments, Rabbi Schneerson not only never set foot on its holy soil, but —… Read More

‘Kosher’ Votes Worth Celebratin

Your post-election analysis of the June 24 primary election falls a little short of the mark.  The Democratic and Republican candidates for governor, who will be competing in the upcoming general election, present the voters with a dismal choice. Neither Anthony Brown, the Democrat, nor Larry Hogan, the Republican, has the moral and ethical qualifications… Read More

Why the Presbyterian Divestment Vote Matters

The recent decision by the Presbyterian Church (USA) is hurtful on real-world terms and gets in the way of what most Israelis and Paletinians want: two secure states. Most Israelis support the formal establishment  of Palestine, as do most American Jews. The Palestinian Authority has actively stated that the movement  for boycott, divestment and sanctions… Read More

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