Local Pols Need to Show Leadership

In their letter to the JT (“Gov’s Decision Slams Book Shut,” June 5), Delegates Hettleman, Morhaim, Rosenberg and Stein and Senator Zirkin — all Democrats — blame Republican Gov. Larry Hogan for the failure to increase textbook funding to nonpublic schools by $4 million as proposed by the General Assembly.  However, given their years of… Read More

Taking Stock

As The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore readies for our Annual Meeting, marking the completion of another fiscal year and Annual Campaign, it is the appropriate time to glimpse back on the months that have passed. Through the year, we have had to navigate times of both challenge and jubilation. It is hard to… Read More

What’s Wrong with This Picture?

Combining the June 12 JT’s “Triple Crown Jockey Sought Help from Higher Authority” (The Seen) with Rachmiel Gottlieb’s Your Say letter, “American Pharoah and Jewish Law,” yields an interesting question. As Gottlieb noted, the Fourth Commandment says that a Jew’s livestock, as is Ahmed Zagat’s horse, is to rest on the Sabbath. By competing in a Saturday race, the horse,… Read More

Embracing Your Jewish Identity

The cheer “Identity, identity, who am I? A BBG” has become prominent in every BBG’s life. (BBG is the girl’s division of BBYO.) Being Jewish isn’t just a phrase, it’s who you are. From May 15 to 17, more than 60 Jewish teens from BBYO Baltimore Council had the opportunity to go to this year’s… Read More

Spark that Ignites

Editor-in-Chief

If you’ve been lucky enough to grow up in a family led by an artist, as I have, then you know that the power of art to transform acts not only on those who passively behold it, but perhaps more profoundly on those who create it. Such is the story of Baltimorean Arnold David Clapman,… Read More

Diane Rehm’s Loyalty Oath

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Public radio host Diane Rehm is known for running a genial, intelligent and well-informed talk show. But during her interview with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders last week, something went very wrong. Prompted by a listener’s post on Facebook, Rehm stated that Sanders, who is Jewish, had dual citizenship with Israel. “No, I do not… Read More

Count Blessings We Have Levinson

I am writing in response to the JT’s June 5 cover story “The Cost of a Dignified Burial.” At a certain point, the article seemed less about Jewish funerals in general and more an opportunity to focus on our local Jewish funeral home. I regularly provide rabbinic support to Sol Levinson & Bros., and there… Read More

Israel: A Trip Worth Taking

The picture of the young man in Israel (our grandson) that was included with the JT’s May 29 story “Dollars and Sense” was outstanding. It shows reflection and dedication, and it is wonderful that our young people have the chance to visit there. We hope all the students who have visited — or will visit… Read More

Rabbi Riskin Under Fire

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Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin is a well-respected and accomplished modern Orthodox rabbi. In the 1960s and ’70s he was among the leading voices in the Soviet Jewry movement and led the Lincoln Square Synagogue in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a hub for the area’s young modern Orthodox population. He made aliya in 1983 and became… Read More

American Pharoah and Jewish Law

The JT’s June 5 editorial “The Crowning Glory of American Pharoah” describes owner Ahmed Zayat as “… deeply religious, observing Shabbat even on the days his horses race – he apparently stays with family and friends in hotels near race venues, arranges catered kosher Shabbat meals and walks to the races – is a testament… Read More