Communal Commitment

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One need only look at the images coming out of southeast Texas last week to realize there’s little Houston, the state’s largest city, could have done to mitigate the death and destruction wrought by day after day of rain producing the largest-ever flooding in the Lone Star State’s history. There’s little the state itself, for… Read More

Tony Blair’s Mideast Exit

Tony Blair was the so-called Quartet’s Middle East envoy.
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Tony Blair stepped down last month as the Middle East envoy of the so-called Quartet — the group comprised of the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia. To the extent Blair’s assignment was the achievement of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, he clearly didn’t finish the job. But,… Read More

The Nazir and Narcissus Parshat Naso

Webster’s dictionary defines paradox as “a statement that is contradictory in fact and, hence, false.” In life, however, there are numerous paradoxes that are, strangely enough, not false at all. In religious life we find many such paradoxes, and one of them is to be found in the Torah portion that we read this week…. Read More

Nobody Asked, But Here’s My Take

Ambulating through the May 15 issue of the JT: > Regarding the editorial “Free Speech on Z Street”: Get real! Z Street is a sock puppet of the Zionist Organization of America and its deceitful head Morton Klein. Why does Z Street need tax-exempt status, anyway, i.e., a subsidy courtesy of U.S. taxpayers? After all,… Read More

New Obits Format Is Upsetting

Regarding Jay Caplan’s “Not Happy with New Format” for the JT’s obituaries (Your Say, May 15), I agree 100 percent. I’m sure this is not the first letter you’ve received regarding the new format. I have also written to webmasters but to no avail. Short of calling me an idiot for not liking the new… Read More

JT’s Absence Was Readers’ Loss

On May 11, several hundred Jewish community members came to celebrate Baltimore Zionist District’s 69th Brandeis Gala. They came to hear a living hero, Lt. Gen. Benjamin (Benny) Gantz of the Israel Defense Forces deliver a keynote address as this year’s Justice Louis D. Brandeis awardee. The general joins such illustrious people as Natan Sharansky,… Read More

Improper Question

The May 15 Your Say question, “Will the Justice Department’s investigation of the Baltimore Police Department result in more effective policing for the city?” seems as if the JT already has convicted the police. My question to the JT is: Where is the evidence, where is the proof, and where are the witnesses? I don’t… Read More

Anti-Semitism on Campus: Alive and Well

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As someone who has been critical about the sometimes overheated reaction to what is taking place regarding Jews on campus, I also believe it is vital to monitor the situation closely and to be able to re-evaluate as things may change. I still believe the vast majority of Jewish students have normal lives on campus,… Read More

Superstorms of a Socioeconomic Kind

“A rare combination of circumstances that aggravates a situation drastically, resulting in an event of unusual magnitude.” If you lived on the East Coast in 2012, you most likely remember Hurricane Sandy, frequently referred to as a superstorm by the media. This storm was the biggest of the year, caused the most damage and was… Read More

A Birthright for Evangelicals?

A new program to bring young evangelical Christians to Israel on an 11-day subsidized trip has been dubbed “Birthright for evangelicals” because it was inspired by the successful Birthright Israel program open to Jewish young adults. And it’s a testament to that success that other groups seek to copy it. But comparisons between the two… Read More