‘Angelic Advice’ Parshat Bereshis

It is a lesson that I was first taught as a schoolchild, just beginning to study Torah. But, like so many other important lessons in life, I ignored it back then, only to finally learn it as an adult. But then, I learned it the hard way. The lesson was a simple one: Don’t make… Read More

With Muslim Influx, Europe Is Done

For hundreds upon hundreds of years, European countries have impoverished, stolen from, beaten, raped, terrorized, shot, bludgeoned to death, burned and finally gassed millions of their own Jewish citizens. Had they had their way, they would have continued until there were no more of these heavily middle-class and wealthy professionals who added immeasurably to their… Read More

There’s a Reason ZOA Not Welcome

No sooner have the High Holidays concluded with the closing of the gates at N’ilah on Yom Kippur, than Marc Caroff, flying in the face of all that was confessed during vidui and aided and abetted by the JT (Your Say, Sept. 25), soldiers on in business-as-usual fashion: To wit, the characteristic ZOA tactic of… Read More

Where’s the Respect?

I was appalled at the vitriolic attack against both Rabbi Shmuely Boteach and Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg for their opposition to the fatally flawed Iranian accord (Your Say, Sept. 25).  The least that should have been expected from letter writer Gideon Donnelly would have been civil discourse and some respect for the office of the rabbinate… Read More

The Right Person

Editorial Director

As a city of neighborhoods, Baltimore could easily be viewed as a municipality by its very nature destined for conflict. The concerns of the Inner Harbor are distinct from the needs of Penn North; Roland Park is not Southwest Baltimore, and what the primarily Jewish community in Upper Park Heights experiences is unique from the… Read More

A Better World

Editorial Director

In his whirlwind tour of three American cities last week before departing for Rome, Pope Francis inspired crowds totaling close to a million people at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, prodded politicians in Washington to reach out to the less fortunate, especially immigrants, and exhorted world leaders gathered at the United Nations to… Read More

How to Change a Life

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Whose life will you change today? We all have the power to do it. Sometimes it’s the simple act of reaching out to a friend in need at precisely the right time. Or perhaps it’s the kindness you show a stranger during a chance encounter. What if you could change thousands of lives with a… Read More

Open Letter to Sen. Ben Cardin

So Ben, you knew your “no” vote wouldn’t stop the deal. (“Done Deal,” Sept. 11). You clamed you “don’t believe we got everything we needed” and that “we could have done better.” Maybe, but probably not since we were not the only country negotiating with Iran.  So, what was the real basis of your decision?… Read More

Mencken: Not Anti-Semitic

Although H.L. Mencken did not hold back on his criticism of Jews, his actions speak louder than his words (“Lecture Tackles Mencken’s Possible Anti-Semitism,” Sept. 4). At the time, in the late 1930s, he was one of the very few who spoke out in defense of Jews and criticized President Franklin Roosevelt for not doing… Read More

Rugelach: Dairy, yes!

The Sept. 18 article, “Rugelach Roundtable,” poses the question, “Does this beloved pastry need to be dairy to taste good?” My answer is “Yes.  Now I know why I never selected rugelach from a kosher dessert table. A proper chef will always use real ingredients — butter and cottage cheese. He or she will never… Read More