Sweet Sorrow

It’s never easy to say goodbye. It’s even harder when you know you’ll still be around from time to time. But as difficult as it is, it is time for me to bid farewell to all of you, dear readers, who welcomed me into their homes and kept coming back week to week to the… Read More

Free Speech at Berkeley

As of this writing, the University of California at Berkeley is still planning to host a speech by conservative provocateur Ann Coulter. This is after the university canceled Coulter’s planned appearance at the invitation of a Republican student group, citing security concerns. The move brought to mind the violence in February that preceded the cancellation… Read More

A New Dawn at the UN?

On Sunday, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres made a series of statements that were unusual for the world body and its chief executive. He vowed to take action to end anti-Semitism and called denial of Israel’s right to exist a modern form of anti-Jewish hatred. Granted, he was speaking to the World Jewish Congress, an… Read More

Behold the Power of Man Parshat Tazria-Metzora

The mitzvah of circumcision in the portion of Tazria appears in the midst of the discussion of the impure and pure periods immediately following childbirth. And our Sages specifically derive from this ordinance that the ritual of circumcision overrides Shabbat: “‘On the eighth day, [the child’s] foreskin shall be circumcised’ — even if it occurs… Read More

Who Are We?

Dear fellow Baltimorean: I saw your letter to the editor (“BDS Is More Like BS,” April 7) and wanted to respond to your concerns as a member of our community. Our religious and historic connection to Israel is irrelevant as it does not give us the right to hold stateless people under military occupation. The… Read More

JT Missed Some Facts

I write to correct the record on the JT’s “Legislative Wrap-Up” (April 21), which leaves out key details on the hard-fought victory for earned paid sick leave. The Job Opportunities Task Force, which I lead as executive director, has been in the forefront of the fight for earned paid sick leave since 2013. The legislation… Read More

Just One? Not So

In the JT’s April 14 “You Should Know” feature, it was stated that the subject of the feature operates the only Jewish Montessori School in Maryland. We strongly dispute that statement. Ner Tamid Montessori Preschool is a Jewish Montessori school licensed by Maryland State Department of Education and has been in existence since 1987. It… Read More

What Sean Spicer Must Do Next

Passover is a holiday of blood and fire, of sacrifice and Exodus, of when the Jewish people sit around the dining room table to celebrate the violent triumph of our Israelite ancestors over our ancient Egyptian oppressors. Some holidays are raucous, like Purim, and some are somber, like Yom Kippur. But not Passover. This is… Read More

Journey from Slave Laborers to Displaced Persons

The online Virtual Jewish Library states with an encyclopedia-like certainty that the last day of the Holocaust was May 8, 1945. You might recognize the date as the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies. This is inaccurate. We’re not just splitting hairs here. The British liberated Bergen-Belsen, for example, on April 15, 1945…. Read More