An Appreciation of Diversity

“I am now a vegetarian,” our daughter, 11, announced proudly one night in 2001. “Why now,” I wanted to know? “I just bought one of your favorite foods — hot dogs.” To many people, becoming a vegetarian can appear to be a phase until the newness and excitement wear off. Our Gila, however, is a… Read More

With His Assistance …

There must be at least a thousand jokes that begin, “A Catholic priest, an Orthodox rabbi and a Protestant minister enter a bar … .” I’ll begin this week’s column with a story about a Catholic priest, an Orthodox rabbi and a fine Jewish layman. They won’t be entering a bar together, that’s for sure…. Read More

I am a Mother of a Combat Soldier

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By Amian Kelemer (as read at Baltimore’s Gathering for Solidarity on July 21, 2014) I am a lot of things. Daughter, sister, wife, mother. Teacher, colleague, friend… The one thing I am that has changed me at my core more than almost anything else is being a soldier mom. And once you are a soldier… Read More

The Heart of the Matter

As the Jewish people worldwide make our way toward the conclusion of the fourth book of the Torah, we approach with the Israelites the end of our time together “in the wilderness.” Unfortunately, the material and agenda of the final two portions of the Book of Numbers are difficult to reconcile given our modern sensibilities…. Read More

What’s Your Point?

The name of this publication is the Baltimore JEWISH Times. The Jewish/Judaic/Yiddishkeit relevance and significance of the “A Monumental Past” (July 4) cover story and the Arts & Life’s “A Unique Space” (July 4) feature is … ? Because Rosalee Davison is from Pikesville, and both she and Toby Blumenthal presumably are MOT? Jerry Winston… Read More

Support for Our Beleaguered Israeli Family

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We are all glued to news sources for information about Israel’s ongoing Gaza war. While there is some sense of déjà vu in the daily reports of the conflict — reminding us of a similar war fewer than two years ago — this one is different. This time, Hamas’ rockets have a far greater range… Read More

A Maturing Israel-Diaspora Connection

In the weeks since the Israel Democracy Institute released a poll on the Israel-Diaspora connection, the Jewish state has endured the agonizing disappearance and death of three teenagers at the hands of Palestinians, the immolation of a Palestinian teenager at the hands of Israelis suspected of revenge and the renewal of deadly fighting between Israel… Read More

Maintain the Blockade

During the first 24 hours of the Gaza war, Palestinian terrorists fired more than 200 rockets into Israel. Yet only one Israeli was wounded, and none were killed. How is that possible? When Israel fires missiles at enemy targets, they strike with pinpoint accuracy. Sometimes they hit a lone terrorist on a motorcycle or a… Read More

Azerbaijan: Good for the Jews?

The true story of Jewish Azerbaijan past and present has Hollywood written all over it. Two ancient cultures meet on the same land. One is Muslim and one is Jewish. But here is the twist: The land is overflowing with natural riches, from fruits to “black gold” (oil), and the cultures work and live harmoniously…. Read More

A Marked Difference

It’s interesting to note the difference in the way Jews and Arabs react during times of extreme passion and during extraordinary conditions. (“Collective Anguish,” July 4). When the case is the murder of a young Arab in revenge for the murder of three young Jews, the reaction of Jews is denunciation from the right and… Read More