Jewish Humor: A History as Dense as Matzo Balls

Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Jonah Hill, Adam Sandler, The Three Stooges … there are a lot more Jewish comedians than meet the eye. In fact, Jewish comedians accounted for 80 percent of all comedians in the U.S. during the 1970s. The abundance and success of Jewish comedians can mostly be accredited to the distinct form… Read More

Keep Pollard Right Where He Is

The JT’s July 4 editorial “Peres, Dershowitz, Obama — and Pollard” overlooked the bigger picture. For example, the legal scholars’ letter to the president cited claimed that Pollard’s sentence was “unprecedented … disproportionate.” The issue is American exceptionalism.  An exceptional — unprecedented — crime warrants no less than an exceptional — disproportionate — punishment. There… Read More

Presbyterians Need to Curtail Hostility

The JT’s editorial “With friends like these …” (June 27) understated the hostility toward the Jewish state by the Presbyterian Church (USA). Agenda item 04-09, “Resolution on Equal Rights for All Inhabitants of Israeland Palestine and on Conversations with Prophetic Voices,” passed 61-4 and supports the Palestinian Arab position in every single case with no… Read More

Best Defense: Take Pride in Being Jewish

Shortly after reading the JT’s “Who’s that Knocking at the Door?” (June 20) about Israel Restoration Ministries, I experienced the soliciting of their proselytizing message. Arriving by car at my home in the Stevenson area around 11 a.m. on June 23, I was accosted on my driveway by a number of African-American adults and youths… Read More

Shame in the House of Israel

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Coming as it did on the heels of the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teens, the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian, was assumed to be an act of revenge. Whether the six men arrested Sunday in the crime turn out to be ultra-nationalist fanatics or mere thugs, they have brought… Read More

Summer Camp: Nothing Beats It

Summer is here! I can’t help but get excited because I hope and know that summer memories for my children will be some of the highlights of their life experiences. For me, summer camp was transformative. It was the time of year that I connected with my closest friends, explored new interests I never knew… Read More

Attias’ Resting Place Is Jewish Honor

In the obituary for Benzion “Nick” Attias (“Belated Goodbye,” June 27) , it is stated that “his admiration for the soldiers who liberated the Jews from the Nazis inspired Attias’ choice to be buried in the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery in Owings Mills, instead of a Jewish cemetery.” It should be noted that he was… Read More

Piety and Learning, Not Power, Is Eternal

“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Take for yourself Joshua the son of Nun, an individual who has spirit within him, and lay your hand upon him. Stand him up before Elazar the Priest and before the entire congregation, and command him before their eyes. And give of your glory upon him in order that… Read More

Upon Further Review

The hagiographic discussion of how the ”Rebbe’s Teachings Continue to Inspire” (June 20) omitted salient data. First of all, despite the fact that most rabbinic commentators insist that aliyah and settlement in the Land of Israel is one of the 613 commandments, Rabbi Schneerson not only never set foot on its holy soil, but —… Read More

‘Kosher’ Votes Worth Celebratin

Your post-election analysis of the June 24 primary election falls a little short of the mark.  The Democratic and Republican candidates for governor, who will be competing in the upcoming general election, present the voters with a dismal choice. Neither Anthony Brown, the Democrat, nor Larry Hogan, the Republican, has the moral and ethical qualifications… Read More