New Year, New Leaf

Editorial Director

If my email inboxes — which aggregate messages not only dealing with the community here in Baltimore, but in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh and Philadelphia (all markets served by JT publisher Mid-Atlantic Media) as well — are any indication of reality, the only thing people seem to be talking about these days is the Iran deal…. Read More

Iran Situation Needs Kennedy-like Strength

There should never have been any negotiations with Iran (“The Day After the Iran Deal,” Aug. 21). This pipsqueak nation brought the U.S., the biggest and strongest country in the world, down to its knees. We should have just told them we are coming with our core of engineers to sweep the country looking for… Read More

Yes to Iran Deal? That’s Treason

Why can’t anyone say what is obvious?  Paving the way to a nuclear Iran is not just insane, it should be called what it certainly is: treason (“For or Against? Let’s Debate,” Aug. 28). There is no other word for aiding and abetting a sworn enemy, and there is no other time but now to… Read More

Truth Is, Money Spurred Switch to OU

I have no horse in the race between OU and Star-K. Both are fine with me, but your Aug. 21 article “Pearlstone Moves Kosher Certification to Orthodox Union” only confirms my observation that this is the age of useless verbiage. Not much sound and fury, but a whole half page signifying nothing: “to better fulfill… Read More

The Iran Deal: An Outrage, Insult

I am sure that the vast majority of those in the American Jewish community, and in Israel, join me in welcoming JT’s strong stand in opposition to the Iran nuclear agreement (editorial: “The Day After the Iran Deal,” Aug. 21). While there are many sound reasons why Congress should overwhelming reject the agreement, one under-appreciated… Read More

Unfounded Hysteria? I Don’t Think So

The writer of the Your Say letter “Jewish Hysteria Unfounded on Iran” (Aug. 21) believes that without an Iran deal, Iran could have the bomb “in one to six months to a year.” He also believes that with a deal, there is the “possibility of a bomb in 10 to 15 years.” Does the writer… Read More

Iran: No Deal Is Better Than Bad Deal

In his Aug. 21 From This View column (“Iran Deal: The Risks of Rejection”), Laurence Marder bemoans the failure of opponents of the Iran deal to make the case for the benefits provided by congressional rejection, which he claims will instead “open the door to uncertain and unmanageable risks.” Undoubtedly, a decision by Congress to… Read More

Cecil’s Life Matters: Lion Webs

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After the killing of Cecil the Lion a few weeks ago, there were two very distinct reactions: one mourning the loss of life of this majestic beast, some even calling for the poacher’s death in retaliation; the other bemoaning what was viewed as a distorted reaction of the worldwide outcry over an animal’s death when… Read More

A Year of Quiet in Gaza

Aug. 26 marked a year since a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza went into effect, ending 50 days of rocket fire into Israel and Israeli air-and-ground military retaliation. While the possibility of another war breaking out soon appears to be low, little is being done to rebuild Gaza, home to 1.8 million Palestinians… Read More

Pew Views Orthodox Jews

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The Pew Research Center’s “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” released two years ago, provided a snapshot of the community that immediately became the basis for vigorous discussion and soul searching. Last week, Pew released “A Portrait of American Orthodox Jews,” based on the same 2013 data. It shows a population — 10 percent of the… Read More