Opinion

September 30, 2014

  Last week, President Obama outlined his strategy for dealing with the Islamic State insurgents who have swept through and now occupy parts of Syria and Iraq. In his primetime speech, the president promised that the United States will work “with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy”the Islamic State. Ten Arab countries CONTINUE »

BY Joshua Runyan, Editor-in-Chief
September 30, 2014

As the sun sets on 5774, it might help to take a look back at all that’s transpired in the Jewish world over the past year and, with an eye to 5775, what is left to be accomplished. The year has seen some notable departures, including those of “rabbi to the stars” Rabbi Philip Berg CONTINUE »

BY Marc Caroff President, Louis D. Brandeis Chapter Zionist Organization of America Silver Spring
September 29, 2014

The Sept. 12 editorial “Settlements as Punishment?” suggests that the administrative action taken by Israel to designate 1,000 acres of public lands on the West Bank as “state land” was unwise. In arriving at that conclusion, the JT apparently gave undue deference to perverse and misguided Obama administration statements aimed at undermining the fundamental right CONTINUE »

BY Jill Max, Chair, The Associated’s Israel Engagement Center Baltimore
September 29, 2014

We are fortunate that Jewish students on our Maryland campuses have not encountered the boycott, divestment and sanctions rhetoric that other national campuses have experienced (“Bucking the Trend,” Sept. 12).   However, we cannot sit quietly on the sidelines. To ensure our students are prepared, The Associated’s Israel Engagement Center implemented several initiatives to provide CONTINUE »

BY Susan S. Kurlander, M.Ed., Baltimore
September 29, 2014

As the saga of former Ravens star Ray Rice continues, I keep waiting for someone to mention the role alcohol played in his current professional and personal demise (“It’s Never Too Late to Do the Right Thing,” Sept. 12). Rightfully so, the majority of commentary has focused on domestic violence. I hope that commentary will CONTINUE »