The Power of Determination

Editor-in-Chief

Looking at the headlines the last few months, some of them here in the JT, it’s safe to say that there’s a lot of anger out there. And I’m not just talking about here in Baltimore, where rioters torched and looted hundreds of businesses this spring in reaction to the death of Freddie Gray while… Read More

Seeking Scapegoats, Not Solutions

When it comes to the fraught Israel-United States relationship, the Zionist Organization of America  (Marc Caroff’s Your Say letter, July 10), as has become its wont, prefers scapegoats to solutions, complete with rhetoric of fear and exclusion. Not to mention the lies. Two egregious cases in point: The comment that President Barack Obama’s “hostility and… Read More

Episcopalians Firmly Reject BDS movement

I was present when the House of Bishops took up the BDS resolution during the Episcopal Church’s General Convention in Salt Lake City the other week (“Jewish Groups Decry UCC BDS Resolution,” July 10).  My fellow JT readers will be glad to know that nearly all of those who spoke on the resolution were opposed… Read More

‘Friends of Stevenson’ Shut Door on Russian Jews

Delegate Dana Stein and resident Ken Abel, claiming to be the “friends of Stevenson” and “protectors of the neighborhood,” do not want Chabad in Stevenson (“Hearing On Stevenson Chabad Begins,” July 3). This implies Chabad is an enemy of Stevenson. Would they have the chutzpah to make the same claim and oppose a church on… Read More

Discovering Selflessness in a ‘Selfish Gap-Year’

I had looked forward to my year in seminary with great anticipation. Everyone I encountered informed me that my “gap year” would consist of one life-altering experience after another and that I had to make the most of every opportunity. But I was a little anxious about my ability to truly maximize the year. After… Read More

Powerful Lessons Well Learned

Debra S. Weinberg

Benjamin Franklin famously stated, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I will learn.” Franklin’s wise observation certainly supports the truism that experience is the best teacher. Rolling up your sleeves and immersing yourself with all senses engaged can have a much more profound impact than merely hearing or… Read More

I Act, Therefore I Am Parshat Pinchas

Are you feeling depressed? Then dance! Feeling lazy? Work! Angry? Smile! Hostile? Act friendly! These are not merely glib bits of advice when there is nothing better to say. Rather, they reflect a deep common wisdom that teaches us that our behavior influences our emotions. When we feel down in the dumps, the best thing… Read More

Oren’s Words Are a Wake-Up Call

In a June 26 editorial (“Oren’s Un-Diplomacy”), the JT emphasizes the controversy brewing over former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s recent revelations about President Barack Obama’s shabby treatment of Israel. The controversy itself is nothing more than a tempest in a teapot. A focus on Oren’s substantive remarks would have better served the Jewish community. Oren… Read More

‘Net Zero’ Leaves Many Questions

Regarding “Net Zero Means Surplus for Nonprofits” (June 26), writer Aleeza Oshry states that the new sustainability building (Brock Environmental Center) will have a surplus energy to sell because of its use of wind, solar and geothermal energy. I find the “net zero” concept intriguing, but I never read anything beyond the predictions. Oshry states… Read More

Safety a Concern with Stevenson Chabad

An important fact omitted in “Hearing on Stevenson Chabad Begins” (July 3) is the danger that the proposed location poses to both Chabad congregants and the neighboring community. The lot is located within a dangerous stretch of Stevenson Road, along a blind curve leading from the south (Garrison Farms Road) and atop a blind hill… Read More