Aspire to Educate

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Looking back at the just-concluded holiday of Shavuot, it’s hard not to remain in awe at the magnitude of the event it commemorates. The giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai is remarkable not just because it embodies a link between the physical and supernal realms. What stands out when contemplating this seminal moment in… Read More

My Personal Response to Israel’s 66th birthday

I am not normally supportive of new Jewish/Israeli-based organizations, as we seem to have more than our share. Yet, the time has come for a new effort that will restore the greatness and vitality of the Zionist movement. The time for change is here. Israel and the Jewish people are under attack from the outside… Read More

JNF editorial: ‘shoddy journalism’

Your editorial, “Bringing openness to JNF” (May 16), demands a response from us and a clarification (apology) from you to your readers. Your editorial purports to describe certain recent political and legal issues in Israel relating to what you misleadingly identify as the “Jewish National Fund.” In fact, the Israeli debate is all about Keren… Read More

Pope in the Holy Land

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Pope Francis’ three-day visit to Jordan, Israel and the West Bank was not merely a religious event. He is, after all, the head of a state. And even more than the charismatic John Paul II, Francis is everyone’s pope. He came, as one commentator put it, “mostly to do what he does best — project… Read More

Rabbi Wohlberg Cares

In contrast to letter-writer Richard B. Crystal, I have found Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg’s posted sermons not only profound and inspiring but timely (Your Say, May 16). While Crystal may object to Wohlberg’s support of John McCain and more recently giving Dr. Charles Krauthammer a venue, both have a long record of being pro-Israel, a position… Read More

Finding Balance in Life

At first Parshat Naso seems nothing more than a disassociated combination of random laws. The adulterous sotah must drink before the Beit Din, while the spiritual nazir must refrain from shaving and drinking wine. The laws of the sotah, an accused adulterer, and the laws for a nazir, one who seeks to live an ascetic… Read More

Shelter Cleanliness Is Imperative

The meet-and-greet room for cat socialization and area dog parks spread more of the diseases already running rampant at Baltimore County Animal Control — thus leading to more euthanasia (“Group Protests Animal Shelter Conditions,” May 9). A cat who is positive for feline leukemia and not tested when brought in should not be allowed access… Read More

Branch: Dead Wrong!

As the media contact for Reform Baltimore County Animal Services, I find it necessary to set the record straight regarding your article “Group Protests Animal Shelter Conditions.” Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health Dr. Gregory Branch’s claim that “all animals are actively adopted” is just dead wrong. The truth is, the Baltmore County… Read More

Ugly Muslim Bashing

As in some secret society, the thought and logic driving the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), led by Pamela Geller, are becoming increasingly difficult to understand. Certainly, the anti-Muslim message in the group’s new bus ads, which, although confined to Washington, have earned national headlines, are clear: They urge, in no uncertain terms, that the… Read More

A Firsthand Experience of the March of the Living

The March of the Living is a two-week educational trip in which teens and adults from all over the world travel from Poland to Israel to learn about the Holocaust and beyond. Participants visit concentration camps, tour cities in Poland and Israel and listen to stories about the Holocaust. The March of the Living proves… Read More