Good Deeds, Great Results

Who benefits from Good Deeds Day, the day of community volunteering that will take place in Baltimore and around the Jewish world on Sunday? Certainly the residents of the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital who have a playdate with toddler volunteers. So will the Oliver Neighborhood in East Baltimore, when volunteers arrive for an… Read More

Answering Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 
addresses the AIPAC policy conference a day before his controversial speech to Congress on March 3.

Now that some of the political dust has settled over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress last week, we join those who have tried to focus on what Netanyahu actually said and whether the issues he raised should impact Washington’s continuing negotiations with Iran. Although the headlines regarding the speech focused on Iran’s… Read More

Confirming Our Fears

The results of a new Pew Research Center study finding that global harassment of Jews has reached a seven-year high didn’t come as much of a surprise. With attacks against Jews in Paris and Copenhagen fresh in our minds, the conclusion seems self-evident. What was somewhat surprising, however, is that the years analyzed end in… Read More

Time to Diversify

I am optimistic about the American Jewish future. But I am worried about the future of extant Jewish communal institutions, primarily because of what I see as limited examples of adaptive leadership. While the synagogue is the most ubiquitous of all American Jewish institutions, it too is vulnerable and at risk. The synagogue does not… Read More

Let’s Dialogue

Please consider including your non-JT writers’ email addresses after their names at the end of articles. I realize this may involve getting their permission, but other publications do this, and I think it would be beneficial both to your readers and your publication. For example, I would like to email Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb to… Read More

Mikulski: Our Friend

Sen. Barbara Mikulski
(Melissa Gerr)

Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s surprise announcement on Monday that she would not seek a sixth term in the Senate in 2016 has thrown Maryland politics wide open. But whoever succeeds the much-admired, forceful and energetic Mikulski will find it difficult to break as much ground as the Baltimore native. The longest-serving woman in Congress, Mikulski… Read More

The Real Wiesel

Three observations about the JT’s Feb. 27 editorial, “Icon Makes Political Statement.” Note that Eli Wiesel’s full-page ad supporting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netayahu’s planned speech to Congress that appeared in both The Washington Post and The New York Times was produced and paid for by Shmuley Boteach — the very same Sheldon Adelson-funded reality… Read More

Countering OPEC’s Power

The national average for a gallon of gasoline is $2.41. For this, drivers can mostly thank the highest level of domestic oil production in four decades — more than 9 million barrels per day. With American energy production booming, it’s difficult to imagine a return to the shortages that characterized the 1973 Arab oil embargo…. Read More

A Different Moses Emerges for All Time Parshat Ki Tisa

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What is the significance of the dazzling radiance of Moses’ face and why did it not attain this shining glow until he received the Second Tablets on Yom Kippur? And, perhaps the most difficult question of all, why did Moses break the first tablets? Yes, he was bitterly disappointed, perhaps even angry, at the Israelites’… Read More

This is Friendship?

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No sooner had Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left the House of Representatives chamber, where, at a joint meeting of Congress, he delivered an impassioned plea for the United States to abandon the present contours of a nuclear deal with Iran, that the White House castigated the remarks and their speaker as “all rhetoric [and]… Read More