Slanted Reporting?

In tone, the JT’s “Stevenson Chabad Hearings Come to a Close” (Nov. 27) came across not as reportage, but as advocacy. For example, loaded phraseology such as “shred the opposition’s arguments” reflects editorial judgment, not journalistic observation.

Why No Facebook Filter in Solidarity with Israeli Victims?

“Show your support for the people of Paris by temporarily updating your profile picture with this new template we created,” read the Facebook-sponsored text promoted not 24 hours after last week’s terror attacks in Paris. The social media giant invited users to overlay their profile picture with the blue, white and red colors of the… Read More

Looking Forward to a Strong Jewish Future

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Twenty years ago, a group of Associated Women, led by Brenda Brown Rever and a few other visionary leaders, recognized the tragedy and prevalence of domestic violence in our Jewish community. It was these leaders and dedicated system professionals, working both with and outside The Associated system, who helped establish a place where women and… Read More

From Hope to Reality

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President Barack Obama, ever the optimist — he was the author of “Audacity of Hope,” after all — believes that humankind will eventually rise to the challenge of confronting climate change. The only question in his mind is whether the global response to rising temperatures, melting glaciers and destructive weather patterns will be sufficiently rapid… Read More

Jacob’s Strategy: A Model for Jewish Leadership? Parshat Vayishlach

Regular readers of this column on the weekly Torah portion are familiar with my style. They know that I usually focus upon some early personal memory and connect it to the parshah. Within each parshah, I select a less-known incident or relatively minor personality for reflection and elaboration. I rarely deal with the major issues… Read More

Sadly, Rep. Edwards Stands Alone

As a Maryland resident, I find it is unconscionable that Rep. Donna  Edwards could not find the strength, morality and wisdom to join with every one of her Maryland congressional colleagues to condemn the  incitement that led to terrorist acts being committed against Israeli civilians (“Maryland Delegation, Minus One, Signs Letter Condemning Palestinian Violence,” Nov…. Read More

A Call to Action Against White Supremacy

As per Carl Berenholtz’s suggestion in his Your Say directed at me (“Heritage, Not Hate, is Behind Flag’s Display,” Aug. 14), I have done research about the Confederacy as well as today’s neo-Confederate movements. Baltimore City is currently convening a special commission to review the city’s public Confederate monuments.  I attended its first public meeting … Read More

The Problem with ‘Open Orthodoxy’

Shame on Rabbi Chaim Landau (“Women Rabbis: Saints or Vixens?” Nov. 13). Since when do Jews copy what “has been happening in the world of Catholic and Protestant clergy”? That sentence itself best describes what is wrong with “Open Orthodoxy.” Following the concept of  nihiyeh k’chol hagoyim (let us be like all the other nations)… Read More

Turkey and Gravy with a Side of Economic Justice

Thanksgiving is all about celebrating bounty — the bounty of family and friends and of the fruit of hard work. For millions of women and their  families, however, that celebration is muted by hardship and the effort it takes to survive without the wages and benefits that middle-income Americans take for granted. For those families,… Read More

Settlement Amnesia Afflicts Martin Indyk

A form of amnesia must be affecting the Obama administration’s former chief Mideast negotiator, Martin Indyk. It is, however, a very selective kind of amnesia — he forgets only concessions that Israel has made. Speaking recently at a conference in Tel Aviv, Indyk declared that the only reason there are no peace talks between Israel… Read More