Reaching Out at a Local Level

This past week we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day in honor of an extraordinary leader and impassioned advocate who galvanized change through his eloquent words and decisive actions, emboldening our nation to live up to our founding father’s ideals and principles. As I reflected upon King’s teachings, there was one quote, in particular, that… Read More

In Israel, Unity Is Most Effective Response

Unfortunately, we as a society have suffered from terror attacks all too often. One might think it would be natural for a society, who has suffered as many attacks as Israel has, to become desensitized to these atrocities. Israel, however, has not succumbed to such a fate. We fight back, day after day, by uniting… Read More

The Need for Unity

Jewish institutions up and down the Eastern Seaboard are being targeted, with vandalism reported in Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania and our own Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore in Park Heights one of 16 JCCs nationwide to receive a bomb threat last week. Investigators, according to the Jewish Federations of North America’s Secure Community… Read More

People of the Book ‘The Brothers Ashkenazi’: The Giant Machine of History

Why is there no truly great Holocaust Novel? We have great Holocaust books, but no writer has ever been capable of conveying its tragic enormity. The few survivors dwindle rapidly from Old Age, the one killer the Nazis could never beat; and its most articulate witnesses, even world-renowned writers like Primo Levi or Elie Wiesel, can only tell… Read More

The Jewish Future

A few weeks back, the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly made headlines for officially disaffiliating retired Philadelphia-area Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom for presiding over an interfaith marriage and indicating that, should the opportunity arise, he had every intention to do so in the future. The affair reignited the long-simmering debate in the Jewish community as to how… Read More

Righting a Wrong Parshat Vayechi

My parents always bless my siblings and me on Friday night. Unlike families in the Torah, they don’t do it in any special order. They just start with the closest child. In this week’s parshah, Vayechi, Yosef asks his father, Yaakov, to bless his children. Chizkuni, who lived in France in the 1300s, said that… Read More

Spector: ‘Watch Me!’

I want to thank Justin Silberman, David Stuck, Joshua Runyan, and the JT for their kind thoughts, great photos and words of praise for me. Our people say, “Even a rich person likes a present,” and I truly, truly appreciate your gift. I know everyone knows about the terrible carjacking incident, and I am so… Read More

Are We True Supporters of Israel?

In response to “BJC ‘Profoundly Disappointed by UN Resolution” (Dec. 30), media coverage of the U.S. decision not to veto Resolution 2334 has underemphasized two important points: > President Barack Obama’s decision was, in fact, not at all unprecedented. Under President George W. Bush, six U.N. Security Council resolutions critical of Israel passed without a… Read More

Saddened by Deli Closing

I was quite shocked and saddened to read about Steve’s Deli (“Just Like That, Steve’s Deli Closes Its Doors,” Jan. 6).  I tried to go there on Dec. 28, the day after the closure, and thought it was closed only for the week between the holidays. I enjoyed going there, and Steve Saval was always… Read More

Give Us an Outlet Mall

The development of land formerly known as Owings Mills Mall has been slow in coming (“An Uncertain Future,” Dec. 30). What Kimco doesn’t seem to get is that the best idea, which no one has put forth, is to build an outlet mall on the order of Arundel Mills. Think about what has already failed…. Read More