Take Time to Listen

Being an Israeli should be a privilege not an excuse. Thirty-seven years ago when I made aliya from England at the wonderful age of 22, I was full of hope. Now less, much less. I have no intention of  bemoaning what we’ve lost or failed to achieve. I’m not going to cry over the spilled… Read More

JT Drops the Ball, Part II

Racism? Elitism? Lazy journalism? Why are the white male business owners identified by name in the photo captions of “Wage Dispute” (Aug. 26) while the black and brown men and women who work for them are identified only as “employees”?

JT Drops the Ball, Part I

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I am aghast, puzzled, vexed and quite dumbfounded by the glaring omission in the JT’s  “Gene Wilder: ‘One of the Truly Great Talents of Our Time’” (Sept. 2) of his most Jewish movie, 1979’s “The Frisco Kid.” It is renowned for its  classic Kiddush Hashem scene of Wilder’s Polish rabbi’s willingness to sacrifice his life… Read More

Modern-Day Spanish Jewry

In July, my wife, Roberta, and I led a group from Beth Am on an 11-day Mission to Spain, organized by the Conservative Cantors Assembly. Forty cantors from North America went, bringing 300 congregants with us (no other Baltimore groups went). I was personally interested in the mission’s goals: to learn the history of Jews… Read More

A Rabbi Is ‘Lynched’

Twelve years after his death, Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader and arch-terrorist, is still causing Jews grief. This time, we’re relieved to report, no one died. But there’s no doubt that the life of Rabbi Neil Blumofe, senior rabbi of Agudas Achim in Austin, Texas, was badly shaken. And all because he included a visit… Read More

A Setback in Space

The Israeli Amos 6 communications satellite that was destroyed in an explosion on the launch pad last week was reputed to be the country’s most advanced. But what Israel —and the world — lost during the spectacular fire in Cape Canaveral, Fla., was much more than a $200 million piece of equipment. In addition to… Read More

False Accusations

The authors of “Black Lives Platform Gives Hope, Not Fear” (Sept. 2) are quite misguided. They are saddened and pained by the Jewish responses to the M4BL platform and contend that Jewish outrage at the policy platform is dividing the black and Jewish communities and preventing the communities from building relationships. Such a position by… Read More

Meeting the King Parshat Shoftim

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What is the essence of the exalted Hebrew month of Elul, the auspicious 30-day period of time prior to the Days of Awe in which, according to Chasidic philosophy, “The King is in the field,” when God is, as it were, more accessible to us than throughout the year? How might we best prepare ourselves… Read More

‘Time’ for School

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Only one thing compares with the glee of children streaming out of hallways the end of each school year — the heady delight of parents knowing that their children will be someone else’s problem at the beginning of the school year. Now don’t think that I’m a heartless or inattentive father. I truly cherish the… Read More

The ‘Altruistic Evil’ of Social Justice for Palestinians

As yet another indication that the university campus has  become “an island of repression in a sea of freedom,” last March a pro-Israel group, Hasbara Fellowships Canada, was barred from participating in a Social Justice Week event organized by the Student Association of Durham College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology. The stated reason… Read More