A Welcome Tribute

Thank you for recognizing the passing of a great explorer and innovative leader of the modern Jewish world — Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (“Crossing Boundaries,” July 11). In the early 1980s I attended a Shabbaton he conducted at the Sufi Center in Boston. I had read a book or two he had written and felt moved… Read More

What It Means to be No. 1

For many Jews who are concerned about rising anti-Semitism in Europe and attacks on Israel by Hamas rockets, a recently released survey from the Pew Research and Public Life Project may be confusing. Add the fact that the survey’s conclusions appear to conflict with our own perceptions about how others view Jews, and you understand… Read More

The Power of Reputation

A few months ago I wrote that the moral imperative of sustainability is not to blindly follow a cause, but to engender relevant solutions that address holistic needs and yield collective benefits. And yet, while this is necessary for the long-term, there are critical issues that need our immediate attention that affect our daily lives…. Read More

For Fresh Produce, Come to Pikesville

I read with interest “Come And Get It!” (July 11) about farmers’ markets popping up all over town.  There is nothing that says summer like a fresh juicy peach, a delicious ear of corn or a ripe tomato that is both locally grown and sold.  For those who are unaware, Pikesville has its own farmers’… Read More

Sharpening Operation Protective Edge

An Israeli soldier directs a Merkava tank at an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 17.
(Gili Yaari/Flash90)

This week, the combat in Gaza grew increasingly deadly, as Israeli ground troops sought to pursue the elimination of “terror tunnels” and Hamas fought back and increased efforts to infiltrate Israel through those very tunnels. By press time on Monday, Israel had suffered 25 military deaths, and 565 Palestinians had been killed since fighting between… Read More

Stand Up, Be Counted

Dear Jewish communities and Israelis overseas: This is not a time for complacency. We cannot afford it. At 9 a.m. on July 15 the Israeli Cabinet ratified a cease-fire and stopped the bombardment of Gaza. Hamas waited 10 minutes, then fired more missiles, covering almost all of Israel. On the news, we see waves and… Read More

Camp Judah: Adventures on the Bus

“I can’t believe we’re here!” I exclaimed, looking directly at my best friend, Shoni. “Camp Judah, here we come!” she yelled back, her voice trailing off and mixing into the rumble of the bus motor. We were almost at our sleep-away camp — the one that Shoni and I had planned all year long to… Read More

Pleasantly Surprised!

I was surprised and pleased that the JT would print “IDF Launches Gaza Operation” (July 11) because of your “partnership in liberalism” with the J Street nut jobs, who must be working up an apology to their friends in Gaza. I guess you and they can forget about a two-state solution, and J Street should… Read More

An Appreciation of Diversity

“I am now a vegetarian,” our daughter, 11, announced proudly one night in 2001. “Why now,” I wanted to know? “I just bought one of your favorite foods — hot dogs.” To many people, becoming a vegetarian can appear to be a phase until the newness and excitement wear off. Our Gila, however, is a… Read More

With His Assistance …

There must be at least a thousand jokes that begin, “A Catholic priest, an Orthodox rabbi and a Protestant minister enter a bar … .” I’ll begin this week’s column with a story about a Catholic priest, an Orthodox rabbi and a fine Jewish layman. They won’t be entering a bar together, that’s for sure…. Read More