Joke’s on Us

I’m pleased that Mara Atrash was taught in Hebrew School about the consequences of “baseless hatred” (Your Say, Oct. 30). However, one wonders whether her teachers would approve her current alliance with instigators such as Gideon Donnelly, a JCPOA proponent (Your Say, Sept. 25) who, like Steve Weissman (Your Say, Oct. 23), impugns the respectability … Read More

A Tale of Israeli Bureaucracy

Eliana Rudee

I remember taking my brother to the DMV in Seattle to get his driver’s license. We arrived early in the morning, took a number as we walked in, sat down in the orderly bench seats and quietly awaited our number to be called. The rowdiest the DMV got was when my brother said to me,… Read More

It Could Be Worse

A key consideration is being overlooked in the recent outbreak of what is being called the “Stabbing Intifada” (Opening Thoughts, Oct 23). For all the killed and wounded, the casualty count would be much worse, if guns instead of knives were the weapons being used. Clearly, the reason that knives rather than guns are being… Read More

What Would You Hold Onto — At Any Price? Parshat Vayetzei

The show “Pawn Stars” is a runaway hit on the History Channel. It tells the story of three generations of the Harrison family and their Las Vegas pawnshop. There’s Richard, the patriarch (affectionately known as the “old man”); Rick, the son (who really runs the business); and Rick’s adult son, Corey (who wants to become… Read More

The Power of Now

Editorial Director

One of the more memorable presentations to come out of the recently concluded 2015 General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America had nothing to do with politics or the fate of Israel. It didn’t come from the likes of Israeli Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog, who on Monday gave an impassioned defense of ethnically… Read More

Thank God, Sanders Doesn’t Want to Talk Religion

At a campaign event in Virginia last week, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders invoked his Judaism in response to a question about Islamophobia in the media. The exchange drew widespread attention, in part because Sanders has mostly avoided discussion of how his religion informs his politics. The contrast between his approach and that of other… Read More

A Low Bar for Netanyahu’s Visit

President Barack Obama speaks with 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a prior visit to Israel. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

In a conference call with reporters last week, aides to President Barack Obama set fairly low expectations for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the White House on Monday. Nonetheless, at the end of the day, it appears that much was accomplished — from the prime minister’s declaration that Israel would always be committed… Read More

Women Rabbis: Saints or Vixens?

Chaim Landau is past president of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis and rabbi emeritus at Ner Tamid Congregation.

It happened … once again, and not in a very subtle, nuanced deliberation. The RCA, the Agudath Yisrael of America, hard-lined leaders of Orthodoxy in America, combined forces, both verbal and strategic, to denounce, reject, and neutralize the existence of a growing Modern Orthodox trend that accepts women clergy in synagogue leadership roles. The attack… Read More

Adding Power To Veterans Day

I heartily concur with Joshua Runyan’s call for some form of mandatory civilian service as a way to honor the dedication of our veterans (“We Need to Do More,” Nov. 6). Another suggestion: In some state and municipal localities, Election Day is a day off from work for state/school employees. Veterans Day is a national… Read More

Will the Real J.K. Please Stand Up?

The JT’s Nov. 6 issue mentions J.K. Rowling’s opposition to a cultural boycott of Israel (The Seen). I thought your readers should know what Rowling had to say about Israel on Twitter, illustrating that she is scarcely a supporter of Israel. “The Palestinian community has suffered untold injustice and brutality. I want to see the… Read More