For us, the ‘core’ is tradition

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What would the world be like without standards? Never mind the fact that standards imply so much more than legal dictates and cultural norms, and that because “the way we do things” also encompasses familial customs and passed-down wisdom spanning ages, such a theoretical world would be practically impossible. If we were to philosophize, like… Read More

No Matter Your ‘Position,’ it’s Probably for the Best

Baseball season arrived, and we stood on the dirt field at Little League practice. I held my glove between my elbow and ribs while I fixed the brim on my baseball cap. Today, we would be given our positions, and Sunday we would play the Red Sox. “I’m gonna land shortstop, watch and see!” I… Read More

A Team Effort

Maryland’s governor has extraordinary power, especially in formulating the state budget. That makes it crucial for the Jewish community to have an effective working relationship with the governor (“The Jewish Community and the Governor’s Office” May 23). Textbook aid to parochial school students was unchanged at $4.5 million for several years until I urged the… Read More

It’s Your Loss

As a BT congregant and admirer of both Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg and Charles Krauthammer, I find both their positions concerning the State of Israel absolutely appropriate for discourse (Your Say, May 16). And that’s what it’s about letter-writer Richard B. Crystal — Israel! Would it bother you to attend services in other community synagogues, as… Read More

A ‘Marriage’ Unbroken

In the Torah reading for Parshat Bamidbar, Moshe is instructed by G-d to count the people. As G-d led His people out of Egypt from slavery, He asked for everyone to be counted, even people who were not priests or landowners. Each person was to be counted by name and to be oriented by tribe…. Read More

In a word, powerful

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As anyone who has ever lost a loved one can attest, dealing with the void created with the departure of a parent, grandparent or, God forbid, a child is never easy. The journey itself has ups and downs, moments of intense pain peppered with fond recollections of a shared smile, an inside joke or a… Read More

Better Together

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Last weekend, all eyes were on Pimlico Race Track for the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes.  While spectators and news cameras focused on California Chrome winning the second leg of the Triple Crown, they missed the story of renewal and renaissance happening a short distance from the track. The surrounding communities represent the rich… Read More

What To Do With a Jewish Racist?

If only Donald Sterling were as rare a phenomenon in the Jewish community as we would like to think. He merely spoke aloud (albeit in private, or so he thought) what many of us in the Baltimore community think and believe. Since our move here from California 18 years ago, I have never ceased to… Read More

ADL’s blurred snapshot of anti-Semitism

On its face, the conclusion reached in the ADL’s worldwide survey of anti-Semitism is chilling:  One-quarter of our species is anti-Semitic — 26 percent to be precise, or 1.09 billion adults, according to the “ADL Global 100,” released last week. ADL calls the report  a snapshot of the moment — a baseline against which future… Read More

Campus questions that cannot be ignored

This week, my youngest child becomes a college graduate. As I head back to her campus for the final time, I can’t help but be stunned at how the years have flown. I think back on the many, many campuses I have toured, and I remember the many questions parents asked such as,  “Is there… Read More