A Missed Opportunity for Healing

I read with interest the “Personal Statement of Apology” made by Rabbi Barry Freundel in the Sept. 11th Balitmore Jewish Times. As a social worker with 30 years of clinical experience, I had hoped the rabbi might have explained, especially to the victims and the Jewish community in which he was revered, what drove him… Read More

Nights in the Sukkah

In America, Sukkot is a meteorologically challenged holiday, and our family experienced the whole panoply of challenges. From my wife’s native Omaha, Neb., with its bitter cold October nights to my native New York’s torrential rains to the oppressively hot Miami, where we lived for six years before making aliyah in 1997, Sukkot, though characterized… Read More

Ann Coulter, the Hateful Bigot

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has a reputation for sharp words and jarring rhetoric. But she went too far in a Twitter post during the final minutes of last Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate. Following a number of references to Israel by debate participants, Coulter tweeted: “How many f—-ing Jews do these people think there are in… Read More

A Step Backward

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses a Trades Union Conference earlier this month. (Mary Turner/Getty Images)

Britain’s Labour party recently took a major step backward when it elected Jeremy Corbyn as its new leader. Corbyn threatens to take Labour from a modern center-left party to one that is far left, and that makes us and many others very nervous. There is good reason to be concerned. Corbyn has taken positions that… Read More

Our Soundtracks

Editorial Director

National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” featured a fascinating segment two weeks ago on the research of acoustic biologists who are mapping out the sounds of entire ecosystems. It featured an interview with neuroscientist Seth Horowitz, who is particularly interested in the impact of sound on the evolution of the human brain. “The brain is really… Read More

Finding the Joy

Editorial Director

Walking into a photo shoot is certainly an overwhelming experience — all the more so when you’re coming home to a house full of eight children! A little background: I had just returned home last Friday and was in the process of hugging my kids when I simultaneously greeted a photographer from The Baltimore Sun… Read More

Expanding the Covenant Parshat Vayelech

At the edge of the Promised Land, Moses convenes his people one last time, to draw them into the covenant between them and their God. This great gathering of the masses evokes the last great gathering, forty years earlier, when the people of Israel were encamped at the foot of Mount Sinai. Then, in the… Read More

Best Deal Possible? How Naive

I found Jay Bernstein’s “Iran: No Deal Is Better than Bad Deal” (Sept. 4) to be a rational, balanced view, and his conclusion to be the correct. Building on Bernstein’s column, I want to raise my concerns regarding the motives of those Democratic leaders supporting the deal. I believe that most Democratic Party leaders believe… Read More

J Street Shows its True Colors

If anyone had any doubts as to where J Street stands with regard to the Israeli-Arab or Israeli-Palestinian Arab conflict, then the appointment of a Muslim advocate should dispel them (“Meet J Street U’s New Muslim President, Amna Farooqi,” Sept. 4).  Certainly, the presence of a Muslim leading a purported Jewish organization with an agenda… Read More

Jewish Dems: Wake Up!

So first there was our “great Israel supporter” Nancy Pelosi, who during the Obamacare vote, immediately supported it after saying, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Now, we have “great Israel supporter” Ben Cardin who just announced he will vote against the Iran Deal (It’s… Read More