More on J Street

I did not read the JT’s Sept. 16 editorial “J Street Crosses the Line,” but I do have remarks on Dr. Robert O. Freedman’s Sept. 30 letter on the subject. Contrary to what much of the media reports, little if any construction is in expansion of settlements. It is additional construction within already existing settlements…. Read More

Strengthen Light in Maryland

Maryland’s residents have the right to know how government transacts business on their behalf. To help set this culture of openness, Maryland legislators created the Public Information Act in 1970, followed by the Open Meetings Act in 1977. There are two volunteer boards that provide an outlet for citizen complaints relating to these acts and… Read More

Milsten: Dedicated, Honest

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Barbara Pash Milsten (“Barbara Milsten: Baltimore’s Best,” Oct. 7). We knew Barbara as a dedicated journalist. She was always  interested in getting the facts straight and reporting the news in an unbiased and honest way. She was tough at times but always fair. Barbara was a… Read More

Good for Democracy

With practically all the attention surrounding the 2016 elections going to the two presidential candidates and their contest’s seemingly improbable race to the bottom, you’d be forgiven for thinking that theirs was the only matchup that mattered. But the JT hasn’t forgotten that while the race to the White House is unquestionably important, there are… Read More

Of Love and Family

In September, I sat with my grandfather, David Gordon, as he recounted memories and lessons from his childhood. When I asked him, “What are the most valuable lessons that your parents have taught you?” he responded easily and without hesitation: “To love, to love people, to love your family and to take care of them.”… Read More

Republican Jews Remain Silent on Presidential Race

Jewish donors are overwhelmingly supporting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this election season. That comes as no surprise given that President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney received 71 percent and 29 percent, respectively, of Jewish donations in 2012. However, according to FiveThirtyEight, only 5 percent of Jewish donations to the major-party… Read More

With Friends Like This

Anyone who would like to know what a tell-it-like-it-is, shoot-from-the-hip president is like can look to the Philippines and its leader, Rodrigo Duterte. A 71-year-old populist, Duterte fought drugs while he was mayor of Davao by allegedly ordering death-squad killings. When he took office as president in June he promised more of the same. Since… Read More

Is Caesar the Answer?

The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act is a bipartisan bill designed to sanction the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad for mass murder and crimes against humanity. The bill would also sanction entities that support Assad, namely Russia and Iran. The Obama administration is reportedly seeking to weaken the bill, in an apparent attempt to avoid… Read More

Common Ground

Sukkot is my favorite holiday, and let me tell you, it couldn’t come at a better time. That’s odd for an admitted political junkie to say, I know, but after the revelations late last week in the presidential race — for those in the know, they were the vilest to date — I’ll be enjoying… Read More

A Failure of Leadership Parshat Haazinu

This is one of the shorter sections of the Torah, and it is made up almost entirely of a breathtaking and chastening poem. The term “awesome” tends to be overused today, but this poem is truly awesome.  Unfortunately, the power of the Hebrew rhythm and poetic style is lost in the English translation, but we… Read More