Mikulski Letdown

I was appalled and disappointed that Sen. Barbara Mikulski not only voted to approve the Iran deal (last Tuesday, Sept. 2) but gave the president the necessary 34th vote to enforce it. As a five-time voter for her in her senatorial campaigns, I had assumed that she would listen to her constituents rather than as… Read More

Heed Begin’s Words From 30 Years Ago

With the looming drama surrounding the Iran nuke deal (“Iran: No Deal Is Better Than Bad Deal” and ‘Were Not Giving Away Anything,’ Sept. 4), I strongly believe as the main source of Jewish press in Baltimore, you should be required to print a speech given by Menachem Begin in May 1981. The short speech… Read More

Let’s Not Repeat the Europe of 1940

Susie Gelman is a part owner of Mid-Atlantic Media, publisher of the Baltimore Jewish Times.

The images of Syrian refugees attempting to flee the unrelenting efforts by the Assad government to murder its own people in a civil war that has gone on for more than four years, resulting in one of the largest population upheavals since World War II, are searing, unforgettable and heartbreaking. Eleven million Syrians (half of… Read More

Refugees And The (Young) Jewish Problem

Neil Rubin, Ph.D., is a former senior editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times and an area educator.

By now the haunting vision of the dead 3-year-old Syrian boy — Aylan Kurdi — on a Turkish beach is iconic. It is a horrifyingly painful representation of the plight of the world’s latest wave of refugees, but one in a year with more forced expatriates than any point since World War II’s bloody end…. Read More

Supporting the Deal Is Our Best Tool in Stopping Iran

We all owe Sen. Ben Cardin a debt of thanks for ensuring that the P5+1 nuclear weapons agreement President Barrack Obama negotiated with Iran will receive 60 days of careful examination by our elected representatives. Now, with just a couple weeks to go before Congress must vote on the agreement, Cardin, the senior member of… Read More

Paying to Pray? No: Supporting as Part of Belonging

We’ve all heard this story, and some of us have lived it: A Jewish individual or couple, new in town or newly seeking to reconnect with the Jewish community, walks into a worship space just before the start time of a High Holy Days service and starts to enter the sanctuary, only to be stopped… Read More

Argentina’s Unsolved Mysteries

Argentina is saddled with two unsolved mysteries. The first is the source of the 1994 AMIA Jewish center bombing attack in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people, for which the government has never brought charges. In January, prosecutor Alberto Nisman was hours away from presenting evidence of a government cover-up of the attack when he… Read More

Let the Senate Vote

Legislators have until Sept. 17 to vote on the Iran deal.

All that remains now is the vote. With Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s announcement last week that she will support the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama has enough committed votes to sustain his promised veto of congressional legislation to oppose his signature foreign policy initiative. Now, the White House is counting heads of the remaining… Read More

Our Guide and Our Light

This week’s Haftarah is a poem from the Book of Isaiah. It is the sixth of seven “Haftarot of Consolation,” meaning that six weeks ago was Tisha B’Av, which commemorates the destruction of the Second Temple. What sets this Haftarah apart from the other readings preceding it is that it goes beyond just being comforting…. Read More

Everything Old Can Be New Again Parshat Ki Tavo

A few weeks ago, in studying Parshat Re’eh, I noted that the Torah gives us a great gift of joy — a command to celebrate with one’s entire household — tucked into a long passage replete with warnings of failures and curses literally shouted from the mountaintops. This week, in Parshat Ki Tavo, our tradition… Read More