Better the Servant than the Student Parshat Chayei Sarah

“You can’t find decent help these days!” This is a common complaint heard in middle-class homes, particularly in Jewish kitchens during the season of preparations for Passover. Happily, my wife and I have been blessed, over the years, with some excellent domestic help. Usually, they were African-American women who were not only honest, efficient and… Read More

A Test for the Big Tent

What is an individual’s responsibility for decorum inside an open tent of the Jewish community? And how should the community respond to peaceful demonstrations within its walls? These questions were put to the test recently at a public event in Pittsburgh, where Israeli Consul General Yaron Sideman spoke at the Jewish Community Center. In advance… Read More

We Need to Do More

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Nearly one in 10 Americans — 9 percent, to be exact — served in the armed forces during World War II, but according to the Pew Research Center, in the post-draft world in which the United States relies on a professional volunteer military, just .5 percent of the public has served during any given point… Read More

Today’s Civil Rights Issues, Yesterday’s Heroes

[pullquote]When Malcom Sherman entered this real estate market in 1949, his goals were simple. As he stated in the Maryland Realtor, “I wanted to help families find a better quality life.”[/pullquote]As Baltimore faces unresolved racial issues, we who love this city can draw inspiration from two local Jewish heroes of the civil rights movement. To… Read More

For Dour Duo, Baseless Hatred

We are taught in Hebrew School that the Second Temple was destroyed on account of sinat chinam (baseless hatred ), such as that triggered by petty vindictiveness. The JT has offered a contemporary instantiation of this. I refer to recent Your Say letters by Nelson Marans (“Where’s the Respect?” Oct. 9)  and David Gitlitz (“Letter… Read More

‘Peace’ Groups? Anything But

With one child entering college next fall and another entering in two years, I am truly disgusted by stories of anti- Israel groups masking as “peace groups” (such as Jewish Voice for Peace),  or even as groups claiming to be Jewish and demanding the right to present their anti-Semitic views right in the very place… Read More

Carson’s Comments: Reasonable, Realistic

Should a person of the Muslim faith become a candidate for the presidency of the United States, asking that candidate the following questions would be appropriate: Do you accept women as equal to men in every respect, and will you condemn honor killings, forced genital mutilation and discrimination against women? Do you accept the LGBT… Read More

Staying Connected Parshat Vayera

Judaism values a personal connection to the Torah. It values concentration and mental discipline. Perhaps most of all, Judaism values memory. By that, I do not mean learning by rote. I mean memory in a much larger context. Judaism values memories. Judaism grooms our ability to remember and connect to the past; to use our… Read More

The Power of Truth

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Truth, it’s been said, is stranger than fiction. How else would you describe the presence of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Amtrak’s hallowed “quiet car,” the ravings of some in Carroll County that one’s  religious identity is inherently incompatible with the Constitution or a self-described “democratic socialist” like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders  drawing thousands… Read More

The Power of Community Parshat Lech Lecha

This Shabbat, we read Parshat Lech Lecha, and the haftarah is from the Book of Isaiah. In the beginning of the haftarah, God tells the Israelites that they are His people and that they shouldn’t be afraid. God affirms His support for them, saying, “I uphold you with My victorious right hand.” Throughout the haftarah,… Read More