No Other Homeland

Baruch Shaw’s letter suggesting that 19th-century proposals that Uganda or other places, as opposed to what was then Palestine, should be a final home of the Jewish people is very disturbing (Your Say, March 21). Those proposals were brought up only as temporary solutions serving as a nachtasyl — a “night refuge” — for the… Read More

Jewish Brief a Questionable Exercise

Forget about what Newt Gingrich calls the “Shariazation of America”; make way for the “halachization” of the U.S. legal system (“Not a Passing Hobby,” March 21). The point man in this bumptious enterprise is legal eagle Nathan Lewin acting on behalf of the Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs and aided and abetted by… Read More

A Picture of a Friend

Seeing the picture of Esther Dubin (“In Sickness and In Health,” March 21), and the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease filled me with immense sadness. As a 15-year-old newcomer to Baltimore from Queens, N.Y., and raised in a secular home, I knew nothing about Judaism. I felt totally lost in my new Jewish neighborhood, where… Read More

Simply Amazing!

A scant three months after the passing of Nelson Mandela, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) impudently calls for the “Bantustanization” of the Palestinian territories (Your Say, March 21). In Marc Caroff’s recent letter, simply replace “Palestinians” with “black Africans,” and substitute “white Afrikaner” for “Jewish” and “Zionist,” and you have a concise summary of… Read More

Israel, Racist?

Miles Hoenig’s attempt to justify a boycott of Israel (Your Say, March 7) by stating that “Israel’s policies toward its Palestinian residents is nothing short of outright racism” is false on two levels. Only Palestinian residents of what is known by some as East Jerusalem can qualify to be Israeli residents (as opposed to Israel’s… Read More

In Search of Contemporary Heroes

The Jewish community is threatened. Queen Esther not only is silent, but also opposes the activism of Morde-chai. The response of Mordechai is blunt: “If you persist in keeping silent at a time like this, relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from elsewhere, and you and your father’s house will perish.” A chastened… Read More

Finding Community in Howard County

In 1994, I moved to the Baltimore area to attend dental school. Aware of the large active Jewish community in Baltimore, I longed to become involved, but as a student I had limited free time. I promised myself that I would, when time allowed, make involvement in Jewish organizations a priority. It was not until… Read More

A man apart

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As he serves a 150-year sentence for running the biggest Ponzi scheme in American history, Bernard Madoff surely has a lot of time to think about his crimes and their ramifications. But in an interview last week with Politico, Madoff showed that he was a man apart — imperious, disconnected, unrepentant and surprisingly lacking in… Read More

More Than Words

Although leprosy isn’t a concern today, the timelessness of this biblical ailment’s message deeply resonates. After explaining the purity rituals of childbirth, Parshat Tazria dives into a lengthy and detailed description of the skin-condition tzara’at, commonly known today as leprosy. Essentially, if people developed white discolorations on their skin, they were brought to the kohain…. Read More

Strength in numbers

No one denies that Wayne Stephen Young murdered Esther Lebovitz, the 11-year-old girl who disappeared on her way home from the Bais Yaakov School for Girls in 1969. And in a perfect world, the question of Young’s freedom — he was sentenced to life in prison in 1970 — would not be an issue almost… Read More