Freedom Doesn’t End With Exodus

I recently participated in an evening of learning at a local Lutheran church where a local imam and I were asked to discuss the ways our respective faiths were most often misunderstood. This church and their pastor sought to spend time during Lent learning about other faiths in order to help strengthen their own faith…. Read More

Beware of the King

Omitted in the JT’s April 4 editorial (“A Spectacle for King Sheldon”) was consideration of the true beneficiary of the unsavory competition among GOP presidential hopefuls for Sheldon Adelson’s largesse: anti-Semites. The casino mogul is an anti-Semite’s delight, because his political campaign behavior gives the lie to the truth about “The Protocols of the Elders… Read More

Giving Our Children a Chance

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Every now and then, events and timing conspire to offer opportunities for reflection. Looking back at what transpired on the world stage the past week and a half, it’s hard not to wonder: How, when, why did things get so bad? The collapse of the so-called “peace talks” between the Israelis and the Palestinians was… Read More

Our Commitment to Israel

The JT has covered the American Studies Association (ASA) academic boycott of Israel and the local response. We agree that it’s important that JT readers be kept fully informed on this issue. That’s why we are pleased to report that the Maryland General Assembly took action to address this. We voted for the budget that… Read More

The collapsed talks

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The recriminations and told-you-so’s that followed the apparent breakdown in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations last week are well- founded. Each side pointed to the other in an effort to cast blame. At least with respect to the particular accusations made, each side was right: The Palestinians acted contrary to agreed protocol by signing 15 U.N. treaties, as… Read More

Looking for the Seder Jew

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Since the release of the Pew Study of Jewish Americans last fall there has been ample discussion in the Jewish community about the vitality of the Jewish people. Despite all the scary statistics, however, the Pew Study also revealed some information that may give us a sense of where the good stuff is happening. According… Read More

Newspaper ownership consolidation

News this week that the Jerusalem Post would buy the troubled Hebrew daily Maariv for $1.5 million comes on the heels of word that American Jewish billionaire Sheldon Adelson will purchase the Israeli weekly Makor Rishon and NRG website for nearly $5 million. Adelson, a casino mogul, high-profile political contributor and prolific philanthropist, also owns… Read More

Passover Provides Lessons on Leadership

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My oldest son,who is 8, recently joined with friends to lead a Rosh Chodesh service. Of course I was proud of them all, and they got me thinking about the new beginning that comes with the new moon and of the seminal Jewish new beginning we celebrate at Pesach. I also began thinking of the… Read More

Mankind’s Fresh Start

More insightfully than was perhaps intended, Michael Fox’s film review of “Noah” (“Opening the Floodgates,” April 4) characterized the saga as a “reboot of civilization.” In other words, Noah is a reset, a fresh start for mankind. With Noah, the world starts over. This is theologically monumental and a point inexplicably overlooked by most students… Read More

Thanks for Writing

The March 21 article by Leah Fishman (“BBYO and AIPAC: Leading the Next Generation”) was one that I could relate to. Leah and I have had many BBYO experiences that were similar. I also was a Jewish teen leader for BBYO. I also was a teen chapter president for BBYO. There was an article in… Read More