Opinion

Parashat Beha’alotecha
BY Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
June 5, 2014

This week’s biblical portion of Beha’alotecha contains an important insight into the necessary qualities and major functions of our rabbis. The week’s reading begins with the kindling of the menorah, the seven candlestick branches made of pure gold, each culminating in a golden flower with three branches emanating from either side of the central tree-like CONTINUE »

June 5, 2014

In the May 9 issue of the JT, Shari Eshet, director of NCJW’s Israel Office, reported the graduation of 13 Haredi women from a program that trains them as early childhood counselors (“Today’s Philanthropy Is More and More about Partnerships”). This project “originated at the NCJW’s Research Institute for Innovation in Education at Hebrew University CONTINUE »

June 5, 2014

I want to comment and thank the members of the Conservative synagogues for the excellent full-page ad that they placed in the JT on May 23. The ad listed Conservative synagogues that opposed the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations’ vote that would have allowed J Street into their organization. Their opposition and reasons CONTINUE »

June 5, 2014

The introduction in the “Gubernatorial Primer” (“The JT’s guide to the June primaries,” May 23) fell short with regard to the Jaffe movement to get rid of corruption in Maryland government. I would like to point out the glaring flaw: the omission of any information concerning the movement in the opening comments. Where was it CONTINUE »

June 5, 2014

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation to our many friends at the JCC of Greater Baltimore and to the congregants of Beth Am, and especially to Rabbi Daniel Burg and Cantor Ira Greenstein, during our time of bereavement. With the passing of our beloved Harriet Rae (Obituaries, April 17), the CONTINUE »