The Matrix

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The deepest existential question we all ask is, if G-d created us and He is all good, then why is there pain and suffering? We are born without having chosen it and forced into a life that contains difficulties and setbacks that are unwanted and undeserved, and that makes it cruel. Some of us ask… Read More

Living with Right-Wing Hate

The JT’s April 25 editorial, “Rethinking right-wing extremism,” was enlightening and spot-on in highlighting the fact that “since 9/11, right-wing extremists have killed more people in this country than ‘extremists motivated by al-Qaeda’s ideology.’” Of course, you would never know that to be the case from listening to Robert Goldberg’s beloved Fox News (Your Say,… Read More

Innovation Gives Us the Edge

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The people at the BASF Corporation — “We don’t make a lot of the products you buy. We make a lot of the products you buy better” — were really on to something when they came up with their tagline. In two sentences, not only did they sum up their business, but they tapped into… Read More

Condemnation of Israel Almost Laughable

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This is the week we Jews will have commemorated and celebrated in one week; in fact, in two successive days. On Monday, Yom Hazikaron, we remembered the thousands of Israeli soldiers who died fighting to protect their country from destruction, and on Tuesday, we celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut, the day that recognizes yet another year of… Read More

Referendum on the Presidents’ Conference

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In 1956, developing American Jewish organizations were working hard to find their voice in public matters. At the same time, the State of Israel, not yet a close ally of the United States, was looking for every possible way to make its needs known to the U.S. government. And the Eisenhower administration was looking for… Read More

Humbled, Honored by Leo Bretholz

On April 27, the Baltimore Jewish Council hosted its annual Yom HaShoah commemoration at Beth Tfiloh. It was a moving reminder of the tragedy of the Holocaust and a tribute to the survivors and their families. The JT article (“Legacy of Loss,” April 18) reminds us of the importance of keeping that history alive. In… Read More

Neglectful Editorial

The editorial “The knockout of Ali” (April 18) states that Brandeis University made the right decision and could have avoided the contretemps just by doing due diligence before inviting [outspoken critic of Islam] Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who was clearly unacceptable. It suggests falsely that Daniel Pipes [also an outspoken critic of Islam] and Ali are… Read More

Next Gen: the Moral Imperative of Sustainability

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Laws are rigid, often unforgiving and created to be applied equally. They exist for our protection, our safety, our well-being and the greater good. Alternatively, moral imperatives are the ideals that govern our actions — “doing the right thing.” Although a primary purpose is to reinforce that the world does not exist for our own… Read More

Accepting Communal Responsibility

After listing many other rules to help keep the Jewish people pure, Parshat Emor concludes by telling us about a man who blasphemes God. All those who heard him blaspheme God are to put their hands on his head and then stone him. God explains that anyone who commits blasphemy should be put to death… Read More

Stop the Cycle of Violence

This week’s Torah portion, Parshat Emor, contains a well-known verse allocating punishment on the level of “fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth.” This verse has been mistakenly associated with the brutal image of torn-off limbs, ripped-out eyes and a lot of blood. Luckily, as Jewish people, we do not generally believe that… Read More