Obama’s Efforts Are Not Enough

In the well-known story from the opening chapters of Genesis, we read the sparse narrative of an intimate  relationship that turns violent. Writing of the murder of Abel by his brother Cain, Russel Jacoby, author of “Bloodlust: On the Roots of Violence from Cain and Abel to the Present,” points out that victims are most… Read More

Obama’s Regret

President Barack Obama  used his final State of the Union  address to appeal for unity. (Evan Vucci/Newscom)

In his final State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama reminded the country that optimism and hope are the tried-and-true American responses to hard times and to demagogues. Although he didn’t refer to a specific Republican candidate by name, it was clear that in attempting to return to the grand philosophical vision… Read More

An Alarming Trend

Editorial Director

Law enforcement has been all over the news lately. If it’s not about police using excessive force — think Freddie Gray — it’s about their lack of any meaningful action at all. That’s at least the perception behind the government’s response to the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge 30 miles south of Burns,… Read More

Counting On Faith, Fortitude Parshat Bo

I have always been most fascinated — and confounded — by the ninth plague, the plague of darkness. How can darkness be ‘tangible,’ touchable? Yes, darkness can be oppressive, foreboding and forbidding. But darkness is not substantive; much the opposite, it is usually defined as the absence of light, a phenomenon more akin to nothingness… Read More

Responding to North Korea

Last Friday, South Korea resumed its high-decibel loudspeaker propaganda attack against North Korea, which two days earlier had tested a nuclear weapon in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions. As the hermit nation led by Kim Jong Un suffered the ear- popping onslaught of K-pop songs and weather reports, talks were underway elsewhere on how… Read More

Well-Received Story

You did a fantastic job of explaining the situation and expressing concerns about the Baltimore Jewish Council (“Jewish Community Split on End-of-Life Issue,” Jan. 8). No matter how this all turns out, I, for one, appreciate the consideration and well-drawn attention to the  discussion.

The Anti-Israel Trend You’ve Never Heard Of

If you want to understand why the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) has gained so much ground in the past two years, look no further than intersectionality, the study of related systems of oppression. Intersectionality holds that various forms of oppression — racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and homophobia — constitute an intersecting system of… Read More

A Turning Point for Area’s Jewish Community

When my son, Charlie, now a sophomore at Friends School of Baltimore, asked to join BBYO last year, I swelled with pride. As an alum myself some 50 years ago in Hibbing, Minn. — a town of only 17,000 people and fewer than 10 Jewish teens — BBYO was my lifeblood in connecting with Jewish… Read More

Lopsided Presentation

The JT’s recent piece on the “Death With Dignity” bill did a fine job outlining the positions of the bill’s  proponents (“Jewish Community Split on End-of-Life Issue,” Jan. 8). In terms of balance, though, it was rather lopsided: one small — and hardly compelling — quote from Rabbi Ariel Sadwin (director of Agudath Israel of… Read More

Israeli Espionage

The JT’s editorial “No Reason to Spy” (Jan. 8) notes that “there is an asymmetric relationship at play”  in the U.S.-Israel relationship.  Precisely! If there is one overriding, super-salient fact that sets the Jonathan  Pollard case apart from that of other Americans caught spying for  so-called friendly or neutral countries, it is this: Not only… Read More