Shelter Cleanliness Is Imperative

The meet-and-greet room for cat socialization and area dog parks spread more of the diseases already running rampant at Baltimore County Animal Control — thus leading to more euthanasia (“Group Protests Animal Shelter Conditions,” May 9). A cat who is positive for feline leukemia and not tested when brought in should not be allowed access… Read More

Branch: Dead Wrong!

As the media contact for Reform Baltimore County Animal Services, I find it necessary to set the record straight regarding your article “Group Protests Animal Shelter Conditions.” Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health Dr. Gregory Branch’s claim that “all animals are actively adopted” is just dead wrong. The truth is, the Baltmore County… Read More

Ugly Muslim Bashing

As in some secret society, the thought and logic driving the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), led by Pamela Geller, are becoming increasingly difficult to understand. Certainly, the anti-Muslim message in the group’s new bus ads, which, although confined to Washington, have earned national headlines, are clear: They urge, in no uncertain terms, that the… Read More

A Firsthand Experience of the March of the Living

The March of the Living is a two-week educational trip in which teens and adults from all over the world travel from Poland to Israel to learn about the Holocaust and beyond. Participants visit concentration camps, tour cities in Poland and Israel and listen to stories about the Holocaust. The March of the Living proves… Read More

For us, the ‘core’ is tradition

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What would the world be like without standards? Never mind the fact that standards imply so much more than legal dictates and cultural norms, and that because “the way we do things” also encompasses familial customs and passed-down wisdom spanning ages, such a theoretical world would be practically impossible. If we were to philosophize, like… Read More

No Matter Your ‘Position,’ it’s Probably for the Best

Baseball season arrived, and we stood on the dirt field at Little League practice. I held my glove between my elbow and ribs while I fixed the brim on my baseball cap. Today, we would be given our positions, and Sunday we would play the Red Sox. “I’m gonna land shortstop, watch and see!” I… Read More

A Team Effort

Maryland’s governor has extraordinary power, especially in formulating the state budget. That makes it crucial for the Jewish community to have an effective working relationship with the governor (“The Jewish Community and the Governor’s Office” May 23). Textbook aid to parochial school students was unchanged at $4.5 million for several years until I urged the… Read More

It’s Your Loss

As a BT congregant and admirer of both Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg and Charles Krauthammer, I find both their positions concerning the State of Israel absolutely appropriate for discourse (Your Say, May 16). And that’s what it’s about letter-writer Richard B. Crystal — Israel! Would it bother you to attend services in other community synagogues, as… Read More

A ‘Marriage’ Unbroken

In the Torah reading for Parshat Bamidbar, Moshe is instructed by G-d to count the people. As G-d led His people out of Egypt from slavery, He asked for everyone to be counted, even people who were not priests or landowners. Each person was to be counted by name and to be oriented by tribe…. Read More

In a word, powerful

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As anyone who has ever lost a loved one can attest, dealing with the void created with the departure of a parent, grandparent or, God forbid, a child is never easy. The journey itself has ups and downs, moments of intense pain peppered with fond recollections of a shared smile, an inside joke or a… Read More