To Live as a Jew

Editorial Director

It’s not often that you, dear readers, get a sneak peek into the operations of the JT, so here it goes: The morning we went to press, Daniel Schere, who wrote this week’s cover story on the work of Maryland Jews in the nascent medical marijuana industry, suggested a catchier headline: “High for the Holidays.”… Read More

Iran’s Effort to Build a Bomb

Throughout its negotiations over an agreement to restrict its nuclear development program in exchange for economic sanctions relief, Iran insisted that its historic nuclear activities were for peaceful purposes only. Some may have taken the Iranians at their word, but at the time it would have been naïve to assume that a regime that sponsored… Read More

Practice Positive Pessimism and Partner with God Parshat Vayeishev

Most of us have grown up with the power of positive thinking. We’ve been warned about negative outlooks and what popular psychologists call “catastrophizing.” To have a successful outcome when facing a problem, we’re told that we need to avoid the bad and focus on the good. But there is another point of view. The… Read More

Mindfulness While Practicing Yoga

One current buzzword in academia is “cultural appropriation,” which has been defined as “taking an element from a disenfranchised group and turning it into a commodity or entertainment.” Think, the Washington Redskins’ name and mascot. Being sensitive to others in an increasingly inclusive society is generally a commendable thing. The laboratory for this social change… Read More

Countering BDS at the Ex-Im Bank

Senators from both parties have inserted a rider into the transportation bill to counter the BDS movement against Israel.

The Export-Import Bank of the United States is the country’s official export credit agency. It is an independent, self-sustaining agency of the U.S. government, with the mission to support American jobs through the facilitation of the export of American goods and services by providing financing tools for U.S. companies to compete for global sales. The… Read More

Stein’s a Mensch; Stop the Attacks

I allow I have no vested interest, other than my appreciation of open space, concerning the proposal for the Chabad synagogue off Stevenson Road (“Associated Official’s Email Ignites Concern in Chabad Case,” Nov. 20). However, I am concerned about the charged, inflammatory rhetoric and what seems to me a misguided ad hominem attack upon a… Read More

North Oaks Is Indeed a Jewel

Thank you for your article on North Oaks (“Pikesville’s Jewel,” Nov. 20). As the family members of residents of that community, we cannot sing its praises loudly enough. Our parents not only live in a beautiful apartment, on a lovely property, in the midst of a Jewish atmosphere, but they are extremely well served by… Read More

Put Safety First!

The JT’s Nov. 20 article “Associated Official’s Email Ignites Concern in Chabad Case” states that about 90 percent of the 150 to 200 emails that councilwoman Vicki Almond has received were in support of the Chabad synagogue in the Stevenson Road community. Here is one that is not — and for safety reasons only. There… Read More

Heed These Words of Freedom

Both American and Jewish traditions support immigration.  To deny entry to our shores is to deny the opportunity that a free society provides to the outcast yearning to breathe free, to the stranger in a strange land. Those are the words in both the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty and in… Read More

Slanted Reporting?

In tone, the JT’s “Stevenson Chabad Hearings Come to a Close” (Nov. 27) came across not as reportage, but as advocacy. For example, loaded phraseology such as “shred the opposition’s arguments” reflects editorial judgment, not journalistic observation.