Branching Out

This Shabbat, we begin reading the fourth book of the Torah, Sefer Bamidbar. In English, it is called the Book of Numbers because this parshah, also called Bamidbar, begins with a census of the Israelites. It was necessary to count all the men of age 20 and above so that there would be an army… Read More

Shavuot, Sex, Teens

OMER, Israel — As Jews, we tend to pride ourselves on our tradition’s values and how we pass them on to future generations. But if you were to start a conversation today with a teenager, would you be ready to articulate Jewish values  related to dating and sexuality? Several such values can be gleaned straight from… Read More

Kosovo: Fertile Ground for Religious Pluralism

Kosovo is a “newborn” country, a majority Muslim state that fought for its independence from Serbia only eight years ago. Yet, it has erected a Holocaust memorial outside its parliament, elected a female president, held pride parades in support of LGBTQ rights and supported the building of a major Catholic cathedral in its capital city… Read More

When Not to Act against Anti-Semites

For a while last week, Jews were able to  indulge in a conspiracy theory of their own. “(((Echoes))), Exposed: The Secret Symbol Neo-Nazis Use to Target Jews Online,” read the headline on Mic.com, which brought to light a Google Chrome app that automatically placed a set of three parentheses around Jewish-sounding surnames to make them… Read More

Shameful!

Mark Wilf and Todd Morgan’s June 3 From This View column (“Survivors’ Welfare Is Everyone’s Responsibility”) lacked perspective. It notes that “Jewish federations distributed $2.8 million in federal grants to assist programs for Holocaust survivors. Coupled with matching funds, the disbursement results in $4.5 million for survivor services.” Yet, reports in the media say that… Read More

Hello Jewish Times

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This is Marc Shapiro. You probably already know me, having seen my byline in the paper or having met me out in the community. I’ve been at the Baltimore Jewish Times for almost three years, coming in as a staff writer and working as senior reporter for the past year and a half. I’m happy… Read More

Voice of Reason

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

It’s hard enough sometimes for individual human beings to be consistent with their speech, making it seem as if some of us really are of two minds. Extend that reality to an entire community and it would seem as if it would be nearly impossible for all of us to speak with one voice. For… Read More

The Power of Internal Peace Parshat Bechukotai

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This Torah portion is called by our Sages, “the Torah of the Kohen-Priests” — the religious leadership of  Israel whose task it was to minister in the Holy Temple and to teach Torah to the nation. A public remnant of their priestly function still exists, when the Kohanim bestow the priestly benediction upon the congregation… Read More

Heed Brandeis’ Call To Be Better Jews

One hundred years ago, the great jurist Louis D. Brandeis was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. Brandeis was the first Jew to serve on that court. Brandeis was a non-observant Jew, even a non-religious one. And yet, he became the leader of American Zionism. He came to understand the centrality of… Read More

Survivors’ Welfare Is Everyone’s Responsibility

They survived unimaginable horrors yet went on to live productive lives, despite the haunting memories, the profound loss and physical scars from years of deprivation. Now many Holocaust survivors need our assistance so they may live their twilight years with dignity in their homes and communities. Most Holocaust survivors are in their 80s and 90s,… Read More