The Israeli visa question

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Most Americans who go to Israel can do so without a visa. It’s not the same for Israelis who want to visit the U.S., who must first have a 90-day visa approved in a meeting with a U.S. consular official in Israel. That certainly creates an uneven relationship. But for the vast majority of Israeli… Read More

Letters Debate Continues

I have one question for Ada Grodzinsky (Your Say, March 7, March 28). She categorically asserts that “it adds insult to injury to say that any place (but the land of Israel) will do” and that “no one can change history.” I call upon her to please explain then, why it is that the two… Read More

Synagogue Embraces Digital Age

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Over the last several years, the world has indeed changed with the power of social media and the Internet and all the revolutionary new ways of connecting people interactively. Synagogues today need to stay in tune with the times and learn how to connect congregants to the synagogue community and each other. Communication today focuses… Read More

Why I Love Being a Modern Orthodox Rabbi in Baltimore

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It was very kind of the JT to provide members of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis a forum to express their views freely. I had absolutely no guidelines for what I was to write about in this article. I thought, should I write a political article trying to convince readers to support my views on… Read More

Giving Thanks for the Memories

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Memory is a particularly powerful faculty. It helps us learn, it can provide a guide by which to judge future actions and, along with emotions, serves as the foundation upon which human experience is built. Memory is frequently passive, but in a Jewish context it is seen more in terms of a positive act. That’s… Read More

A spectacle for King Sheldon

There are no current kings in Israel. But there are kings in politics — and Jewish kings as well. Most prominent of these is casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who, with his fortune, is the financial backbone of the Republican Party, along with the non-Jewish Koch brothers. Last weekend, a gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition… Read More

Stop Ignoring Candidate!

I am complaining about the very incomplete coverage of Ralph Jaffe’s gubernatorial campaign and his ongoing movement as compared with that of his opponents, who have been able to exploit your readers and the wider public for years (“Candidates Game for Decriminalization,” Feb. 21). Are you aware that the Jaffe movement has thousands of students?… Read More

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