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

Unparalleled Race

In case you haven’t noticed — or alternatively, you’ve noticed too much and have tuned out the endless headlines and reports over who said what and who insulted whom — the presidential election season, that quadrennial bacchanalia of wall-to-wall coverage, jingoistic slogans, sleazy ads and fever-pitched rallies, is firmly upon us. Dear readers, welcome to… Read More

Help for Renters

Much has been written in the past few weeks about the deficiencies and inequity with the rent court process in Baltimore City, (“Repairing a Broken System,” Dec. 18). The Public Justice Center report, and the media coverage that followed, reveal many important obstacles in the current rent court system. Unfortunately, these reports neglected to mention… Read More

Call to Action

Whereas I am most appreciative of the coverage the JT gave the situation facing the Baltimore Jewish Community regarding the status of our cemeteries (“Honoring Those Who Came Before Us,” Dec. 18), I’d like to share a few observations. When I came across the desecration of the German Hill cemetery I was in shock, and… Read More

Unparalleled Race

Editor-in-Chief

In case you haven’t noticed — or alternatively, you’ve noticed too much and have tuned out the endless headlines and reports over who said what and who insulted whom — the presidential election season, that quadrennial bacchanalia of wall-to-wall coverage, jingoistic slogans, sleazy ads and fever-pitched rallies, is firmly upon us. Dear readers, welcome to… Read More

The Yoke’s On Us Parshat Vayechi

We all have received blessings at one time or another. We have certainly received compliments. Over the course of time, we learn that sometimes the compliments are clearly flattering. But occasionally, ambiguous statements are made to us, leaving us confused and unable to determine with certainty whether we are being complimented or insulted. There are… Read More