We Met 38 Years Ago

There are two celebrated people in my life who I met 38 years ago. One of them is my wife, the other welcomed me to the life I chose at the age of 21. If we pay attention to people around us, we should be able to recognize those who bring meaning — real meaning… Read More

Do As We Say, Not As We Did

Last week, at its annual conference, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs did something commendable in our highly charged political environment. The group, whose member agencies advocate primarily from the left of the political center, welcomed and listened politely to a presentation from a pair of more conservative pundits: Noah Silverman, congressional affairs director for… Read More

Not the Suspect We Expected

For all we know, the person who committed the lion’s share of the bomb threats against Jewish institutions really is a right-wing anti-Semitic nut, with David Duke on his speed dial. But that isn’t the description of Juan Thompson, who was arrested by the FBI on March 3 on suspicion of phoning in eight bomb… Read More

A Sweet Appreciation

Depending on your frame of reference, any number of recent happenings are proof positive that we live in a topsy-turvy world. From the practically unfathomable victory of President Donald Trump to last weekend’s Academy Awards mix-up to a spate of JCC bomb threats and Jewish cemetery desecrations, one thing is for sure: Whatever world we… Read More

A Grandmother’s Pride

It was with much pride that I read the JT’s “Soldiering On” (Feb. 17) about those from outside of Israel who serve as lone soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces. My pride is in the fact that my grandson, Tzvi Rotenberg, served as a lone soldier in the IDF after completing his studies at Yeshivat… Read More

Shocking! Raskin Opposes Trump Nominee

Wow! How surprised I was to read that Congressman Jamie Raskin opposes nominee David Friedman as U.S. ambassador to Israel (“Nothing Diplomatic about an Ambassador Friedman,” Feb. 17). Being a member of the Democratic Party in 2017 means he would have to oppose every single one of President Donald Trump’s nominees. One wonders if he… Read More

We Help Because We Are Jewish

I am a proud immigrant and Holocaust survivor who is wholly committed to the expansion of the role of HIAS (“HIAS Should Return to Its Roots,” Feb. 24). During the Holocaust, the United States and other countries shut their doors to millions of innocent people. Instead of finding refuge, they were murdered. Our community has… Read More

Are Female Rabbis a Threat — or Is It the OU?

Last month, the Orthodox Union, the Orthodox administrative body that oversees nearly everything Jewish-related in America, called together a seven-man rabbinic panel to answer the question whether synagogues under the aegis of the Orthodox Union may employ female rabbis. The unanimous opinion of this distinguished panel was a ringing, if eloquent, NO. Citing philosophy, history… Read More

Dancing on a Volcano

In 2017, the world accelerates to light speed. In Pikesville, the Yom Kippur War happened yesterday. Four years ago, I heard a sermon from a rabbi who bemoaned American decline. He also bemoaned centrism’s disappearance and, of course, blamed it on the degeneracy of the next generation. I unwisely wrote him to defend my peers…. Read More

Significance of the Acacia Wood Parshat Terumah

Parshat Terumah begins the Torah’s extended discussion of the construction of the Tabernacle (Mishkan). Many of the materials required for its construction were not readily available in the desert and the commentators offer many explanations of how B’nei Yisrael acquired the dolphin skins, yarns, oils, precious metals, etc. for this task. One of the most… Read More