Staying on the Rails

Editor-in-Chief

The day after the seven cars of Amtrak’s Northeast Regional Train 188 spilled off the tracks in Philadelphia, NPR’s “Morning Edition” introduced a segment on the disaster by noting that where the train derailed, as well as such cities as Washington, D.C., and our own Baltimore, are all really just suburbs of New York. That… Read More

Importance of Heritage Parshat Behar-Bechukotai

This week’s parshah is a double portion, beginning first with Behar. It describes the Jubilee, a time every 50 years when property owners return to their leased land and, in turn, get it back. Some explanations for this law are that it was for economic fairness and for wealth being returned to those in need…. Read More

Keep SNAP!

I am outraged that some in Congress continue their assault on our neighbors struggling with poverty (“The Changing Face of Poverty,” March 27). When Congress finalizes its budget blueprint, this could make poverty and inequality worse. To help pay for new costly tax breaks for businesses and wealthy individuals, the House proposal cuts to the… Read More

Are You Kidding Me?

How did a delegation from Chabad-Lubavitch get to be invited to the Oval Office to receive a citation from President Barack Obama honoring the life of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson (“White House Honors Lubavitcher,” May 1)? The delegation presented a menorah with an inscription that read, “Mr. President, you represent … dedication and service to… Read More

Proud to Protest

Thank you for covering the march on May 1 organized by Bmore United for Change of which Jews United for Justice is a proud ally (“Protests and Peace,” May 8). JUFJ’s participation was the largest progressive Jewish demonstration in Baltimore that we’ve experienced as longtime members of both the Jewish and activist worlds here. We… Read More

Not Happy with New Format

I would like to voice my strong displeasure with the new daily obituary email format. It is inconvenient, aggravating and time-consuming, not to mention the potential for added expense to readers who will be using up data allowance by having to log on to the Internet in order to view the information. Please reconsider, and… Read More

Raskin: No Friend of Orthodox Women

While Jamie Raskin may be a legal expert on constitutional law and a claimant to the moral center, particularly when it comes to marriage equality, his record as a state senator belies that claim (“Maintaining the Moral Center,” May 8). Although he may be a supporter of same-sex marriage, for conventional marriages he has shown… Read More

Frustration Is No Excuse

Let’s make something eminently clear: There were two kinds of protest taking place in Baltimore as a result of the tragic death of Freddie Gray in police custody. The first was from those who sincerely wanted justice and an explanation for the catastrophic and sudden end of Freddie’s life. The second was from those whose… Read More

Enhancing Jewish Life in Baltimore

Many of you know the JCC as a recreation, fitness and aquatics center with early childhood programs and camps, and truth be told, we do have excellent facilities and programs. But what many of you do not know is that the J is also like a big open marketplace, or a <em<shuk (as they call… Read More

Free Speech on Z Street

Z Street, the pro-Israel group that says it was denied 501(c)(3) tax status because of its views, got its day in court last week. While the outcome of the case is far from certain, during oral arguments, a three-judge panel from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals criticized the IRS and the Justice Department for… Read More