In Difficult Time, ‘I Stand with Pride’

I am responding to the JT’s March 10 article “Morhaim Reprimanded for Ethics Issue” to provide further information. There are two standards in Maryland ethics law that could apply to my circumstance. The first deals with proper disclosure, and the second concerns actions that could lead to gain for a specific entity or person. I… Read More

Debate, Don’t Avoid

The so-called “anti-BDS bill” (“An Impassioned Debate,” March 10) would create a blacklist of individuals, companies and other groups that support BDS. This McCarthyist bill is an attempt to chill speech and dissent on this issue. Individuals and companies that don’t do business in settlements or with Israel would be punished. Similarly, the Israeli Knesset… Read More

The BDS Hubbub

Freedom of speech. It’s a right so engrained in our psyche as Americans that we react viscerally to most attempts to curtail it. But all speech is not free. As Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. observed in 1919: You can’t falsely yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater. As a society, while we jealously… Read More

Embarrassed by Dems

In response to the “Give Trump a Chance” letter of Jan. 27: I am a registered Democrat, and I am very upset with the current leadership of the Democratic Party. As a Baltimorean, I am frankly embarrassed by Nancy Pelosi, daughter of our former great mayor, Tommy D’Alesandro; and as a Jew, I’m very disappointed… Read More

Rabbi Landau Gets It Right

Kudos to Rabbi Chaim Landau for his March 3 column “Are Female Rabbis a Threat — or Is It the OU?” I have never read a more comprehensive summary of what defines the Orthodox Union today. The archaic, narrow-minded mentality to which Landau refers has, sadly, alienated the rest of the Jewish community for decades… Read More

Columns’ Fake Facts

Both of the March 3 “From This View” columns, “Dancing on a Volcano” by Evan Tucker and “Are Female Rabbis a Threat — or Is It the OU” by Rabbi Chaim Landau, suffer greatly by using fake facts as premises for their leftist-leaning conclusions. For example, Tucker states: “The center didn’t hold because the right… Read More

A Nation of Priests

This week’s portion of Tetzaveh, wherein Moses’ name is not mentioned even once, exclusively belongs to Aaron, whose name appears more than 30 times. It is a portion devoted to the holy vestments and the consecration of Aaron’s priestly descendants. This is the week of the Kohen, but in actuality it is the week of… Read More

Embracing the Jewish Community’s Refugee Roots

HIAS was established 135 years ago to protect Jewish refugees who were fleeing the pogroms of Czarist Russia. Today, we remain true to our original mission of refugee protection. We are helping people who have fled their countries because their lives were in jeopardy due to who they are or what they believe. When there… Read More

We Met 38 Years Ago

There are two celebrated people in my life who I met 38 years ago. One of them is my wife, the other welcomed me to the life I chose at the age of 21. If we pay attention to people around us, we should be able to recognize those who bring meaning — real meaning… Read More

Do As We Say, Not As We Did

Last week, at its annual conference, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs did something commendable in our highly charged political environment. The group, whose member agencies advocate primarily from the left of the political center, welcomed and listened politely to a presentation from a pair of more conservative pundits: Noah Silverman, congressional affairs director for… Read More