Are we really connecting?

I had a fascinating conversation with a few students over Shavuot. We discussed what people nowadays are really looking for. The phrase “connection” came up. People want to connect with others in a real way and never want to feel alone. The Facebook and Snapchat phenomenon of sharing everything, including what you ate for breakfast… Read More

Pope’s Silence Was Deafening

Your May 29 editorial, “Pope in the Holy Land,” noted that the recent visit by Pope Francis to the Middle East was “a very delicate trip.” Certainly, it was no simple task for the pope to interact with audiences who have such different and competing perspectives. Still, with all due respect to the pontiff, it… Read More

Setting Record Straight on District 2

I write in response to your article “The Battle for District 2” (June 6), which implies that the county executive and certain developers are supporting my campaign because Councilwoman Vicki Almond didn’t do what they wanted. The real story here is that Almond accepted over $50,000 in campaign contributions from one developer whose project she… Read More

Growing a Community of Philanthropists

Empowerment! That’s what Jewish philanthropy is all about. Many years ago, when I was asked to become the campaign chairperson for the Jewish Federation of Howard County, the first thing I did was talk it over with my husband, Harry. We decided it was our time, and he became my tireless partner in this critical… Read More

‘Muslim Bashing’ Is Absolute Insanity

The May 30 editorial deploring “Ugly Muslim Bashing” was splendid. But it did not take matters far enough. It is not simply offensive “to condemn all Muslims because of the hateful views of some” of them. One of every five individuals on Planet Earth is a Muslim. To go out of one’s way to pick… Read More

Building Walls, Not Tearing Them Down

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I am a liberal Jew and a Reform rabbi, and I love Israel. I have traveled to Israel. I lived in Israel, and I lead trips to Israel such as the one this coming December. I even married the daughter of Israelis. So when I express concern for Eretz Yisrael, it is coming from a… Read More

BDS Threat from America is Overrated

While the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement may be a popular cause on America’s college campuses, the movement has little future across the larger United States. Not only is criticizing Israel a political third rail, but sympathy for the Palestinians is a hard sell to Americans. To become a significant movement, BDS will have… Read More

A hope that Israel’s 10th president is a uniter-in-chief

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The role of the president of Israel is largely ceremonial. The most important constitutional role is holding consultations in forming a government and accepting a government’s resignation. But Israel’s presidency has also been shaped by the men who have served in that capacity. In the case of Likud Knesset member Reuven Rivlin, who was elected… Read More

Let’s bring the others home too

To free or not to free. “Every circumstance is different,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in explaining why the U.S. trade of Taliban prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl does not necessarily mean that Washington will make trades for other Americans in enemy hands. The list of Americans held includes… Read More

A Lack of Human Respect

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As JT reporter Simone Ellin was putting the finishing touches on this week’s cover story — an examination of the battle to make the American college campus a safer one for its students — news broke of yet another school shooting, purportedly the 74th nationwide since 2012’s Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut. This time, a… Read More