Willful Blindness to Academic Anti-Semitism

As yet more evidence that academics are regularly able to engage in what George Orwell sardonically referred to as “doublethink,” this month, 40 professors of Jewish studies published a denunciation of a study that named professors who have been identified as expressing “anti-Israel bias, or possibly even anti-Semitic rhetoric.” While the 40 academics claim they,… Read More

Rachel’s Desire

“Nice boots,” my friend Rachel said one day, as we walked home from Hebrew day school. “I got them from one of my aunts, I’m her favorite!” I said. “So let me know when you are ready to give them away.” Rachel said, as she gave me a wink. The next week as we walked… Read More

A Call to Help the Children

In this week’s parshah, Abram is put to the first test. He is told to leave his homeland and go to the “land which I will show you.” He packs up all of his possessions, including his wife, his cattle, his servants and slaves and his tents. He then leaves his homeland and goes to… Read More

Give Me a Sign

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Why are signs so important? Meta-phorical or physical, signs bring an abstract thought into concrete reality. A sign can be a benchmark of accomplishments and a metric for possibilities. We like signs because we like to show dedication to hard work and perseverance with something more eternal than ourselves.  We want to show that we… Read More

A Delicate Balance

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“The pursuit of truth,” concluded the recently departed Ben Bradlee, “changes your life.” The iconic former executive editor of The Washington Post, who passed away last week at the age of 93, made those comments to good friend Jim Lehrer of PBS as part of a reflection on a career that catapulted him to fame… Read More

RCA Cover-up?

Every day, this story gets even worse (“Prominent Rabbi Arrested,” Oct. 17). Rabbi Barry Freundel should have been thrown ­­out years ago, but the Rabbincal Council of America (RCA) obviously went out of its way not to throw him out. And this is par for all rabbinical groups that protect their favorites.   I was… Read More

Strong Leadership, Makes a Difference

As a former board president of the organization, I was pleased to read the story about Central Scholarship and its 90 years of success helping students achieve their academic, personal and professional dreams (“Still Going Strong at 90,” Oct. 17).   It is a testament to the sustainability and stability of the organization that since… Read More

Numbers Count!

Why is it important to vote (“The Jewish Vote,” Oct. 17)? Here is a story never told. The British government once asked President Harry Truman not to vote for the partition of Palestine. I lived in the Bronx, N.Y., and my father came home from services and told me the rabbis in our community got… Read More

Worth Waiting For

We at Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. (CHAI) read with interest your article “Betting on Baltimore: Casino revenue travels as far as Park Heights” (Oct. 10).CHAI has been intimately involved in Video Lottery Terminal funding decisions with the five presidents of the neighborhood associations (Glen, Fallstaff, Cheswolde, Cross Country and Mount Washington) in our community since… Read More

Is Pope Francis a Model for Our Rabbis?

The shift in tone that Pope Francis is bringing to the Catholic Church has serious repercussions for people who follow that religion — and those of other faith systems. As the most prominent religious figure in today’s world, the actions, ideas  and approach of the pontiff deserve attention, including among Jews. That’s no criticism of… Read More