A Lurking Identity Crisis Beneath Pollard Debate

I often imagine a day perhaps in the not-too-distant future: A prisoner is released, but I don’t see Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas jumping with joy. Quite to the contrary, I don’t see the nation of Israel — American Jews included — feeling like it is being stabbed in its ever-growing and ever-paining wound. And perhaps… Read More

American Jewry must reclaim Hebrew

A key component that unifies a people or nation is a common language. The Jewish people are no exception; the Hebrew language is an essential element of what constitutes the Jewish nation. Hebrew often is the only common language in the room — the lingua franca — when Jews from different parts of the globe… Read More

Compromise of sorts in Ukraine

The agreement over Ukraine reached April 17 in Geneva will likely only offer each side some breathing room until the next threatening act by Russia on its western neighbor. Moscow was a signatory to the “agreement,” along with the United States, the European Union and Ukraine, which calls for all parties — including the pro-Russian… Read More

Rethinking right-wing extremism

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The Boston Marathon bombing, a year ago last week, took three lives, created an uproar and reignited fears about the threat of Islamist-inspired terrorism in this country. The response after what police say was white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller’s murder of three people outside two Jewish institutions in suburban Kansas City was decidedly different. True,… Read More

Peace in Our Time

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The year 1939 saw an upheaval the likes of which the modern world has rarely experienced. German troops marched into Poland that September, ushering in a world war that would ultimately change the maps of Europe and the Middle East, lay waste to vast swaths of land spanning three continents and wipe out millions of… Read More

Las Vegas? Really?

I congratulate the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) on its  choice of venue for its recent annual get-together (“What happens in Vegas,”  “A spectacle for King Sheldon,” April 4). After all, what U.S. city resonates better with Torah and rabbinic values such as mitzvot (commandments), gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness) and tzedaka (charity), but especially… Read More

A Seder is not enough

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The hungry, like the poor, have always been with us. At our Seders this week we declared, “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” But can our words alone fight hunger? That is the question raised by the National Hunger Seder, held April 9 at the U.S. Capitol. Being against hunger is easy. Doing… Read More

The knockout of Ali

What do we make of the incident of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the outspoken critic of Islam whose invitation to receive an honorary doctorate from Brandeis University was revoked following protests? The school’s actions drew howls of protest from The Weekly Standard’s William Kristol and others on the right and generated discomfort from just about everyone… Read More

My Dear Friend, Len

After reading the beautiful words of Barbara Bloom in the JT about her late husband, Leonard Bloom, I had to add a tribute to my friend. Len and I had been friends for more than 70 years. We grew up in the same neighborhood at North Avenue and Payson Street and began a friendship that… Read More

With Grace

Nearly 20 years ago, a small group of women from The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore gathered together to talk about what many considered an unthinkable problem: domestic violence in the Jewish community. Sadly, there were neighbors, friends and relatives in Baltimore who were struggling with this issue and felt that they had nowhere… Read More