The Postal Service’s easy button

Think about the U.S. Postal Service and the words “bloated,” “bureaucratic” and “broke” come to mind. The agency has been in the red for years, as the age of the Internet has matured and the use of electronic mail has overtaken and largely replaced the use of first-class mail for almost everything except bill payment…. Read More

Assessing Palestinian unity

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The agreement reached April 23 by Fatah and Hamas apparently caught both the United States and Israel off guard. But with Israel-Palestinian negotiations sputtering to a disappointing ending last month, the “unity accord” gave everyone something to talk about. Under their agreement, rival Palestinian groups will form a unity government in five weeks. Since a… Read More

Now is the time for empowerment

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Passover in a new home and a new city had gone smoothly enough, the joy of celebrating freedom alongside thousands of fellow Jews in such a densely populated space drowning out all of the last-minute stresses that had led into the holiday. By the end of the eight-day festival, the picture outside was one of… Read More

Celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut: A Split-Second of Culture

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   By Marisa Obuchowski Two years ago I embarked on a journey, a masa, to Israel for five months to live, explore and intern in Tel Aviv. I loved the time that I spent abroad learning the culture, engaging with the land and the people and connecting more deeply with my heritage. While in Israel,… Read More

Challenging Times in Odessa

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By: Marina Moldavanskaya  Baltimore-Odessa Partnership Coordinator Historically, April is a special month for Ukraine. Liberation Day, celebrated on April 10, marked the day Odessa was liberated from the Nazis in 1944. And although tense times are upon us, we make a point to celebrate this joyous day. As the global community knows, following the annexation of… Read More

Community’s Strength Lies in Ability to Reach Out

Who are we as individuals? Who are we as a people? What makes us who we are? The answer is simple: our choices and our actions. As a civil society, we need rules to function. You can’t have a community with people doing whatever they want without any guidelines. This Shabbat, we read Parshat Kedoshim,… Read More

People, Not Territory, of Vital Importance

The wisdom of our precious Torah sages always bears repeating. With reference to the safety and welfare of the State of Israel and its inhabitants, the apparent choice is between the hawkish territorialism and revanchist one-state, pro-settler agenda of Marc Caroff and the Zionist Organization of America (Your Say, April 11) and the courageous and… Read More

Extreme View vs. Extreme View

I don’t get it. The BDS movement’s vision is that of a single binational state as the proposed solution to the Israeli-Palestinian problem. Which is exactly what the ZOA has in mind (Your Say, April 11). Rapscallion extremes meet and galvanize one other. Too bad the rest of us get stuck in the crossfire of… Read More

Bravo to the Bald

We at Har Sinai Congregation are enormously proud of our rabbi, Rabbi Benjamin Sharff (“Bald is Beautiful,” April 11). His participation in this effort was born out of love and compassion, not only for the Sommer family as they grieve for their son, “Superman Sam,” but also for all victims of childhood cancers. If any… Read More

Adelson Not the Problem

While there may be legislation passed to reduce the influence of individual givers to political campaigns, the use of intermediates, both individuals and organizations, will circumvent these restrictions (“A spectacle for King Sheldon,” April 4). But I am more comfortable with the contributions of Sheldon Adelson, who is devoted to supporting candidates concerned about the… Read More