The Hope of Ethiopian-Israelis

Several thousand people march  to protest police violence against Israel’s ethnic Ethiopians.
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It would be a mistake to try to draw too many comparisons between Sunday’s protest in Tel Aviv by Ethiopian-Israelis and the upheavals resulting from the line of demonstrations stretching from Ferguson, Mo., to Baltimore. Indeed, the origins and nature of the demonstrations are markedly different — even if the Israeli protests against the April… Read More

Words for the Next Generation Parshat Emor

When the rabbis divided the Torah into its 54 parshiyot, they generally arranged for each portion to begin with a unique or otherwise significant word that would in some way summarize major themes of the entire section. Such is the case for most of the portions we have studied in Leviticus — until we come… Read More

Baltimore’s Message

Editor-in-Chief

It being May Day, my wife and I jokingly referred to such names as Ilya, Leon and Karl as we made our way to Sinai Hospital last Friday morning for the impending birth of the newest member of our family. We, of course, had our suspicions — proven correct in the end — that we… Read More

Baltimore Riots: A Perspective From Ground-Zero

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When addressing current events or communal concerns from the pulpit, I endeavor to do so in the context of a Torah perspective. I always seek to distinguish between the Torah and my own opinion. What I share with you here is subjective. It is my hope and prayer that these personal reflections will offer some… Read More

A Letter to the Community

Dear beloved community, The events of this past week have shaken and rattled our community and city. What began as peaceful protests in response to police brutality devolved into widespread chaos and destruction.  As is often the case, there is a fine line between the holy and unholy, between raising a voice to power and… Read More

Good and Religious

It is a debate that goes back to the time of Plato. I have personally been discussing this issue for much of my life, particularly in my conversations with colleagues in the field of psychotherapy. It can even be argued that this debate has its origin in one of the two Torah portions we read… Read More

Turn to Fox News

Avrum Ashery (“Advocating for Israel in the American Media,” April 17) believes Israel’s accomplishments in medicine, agriculture, water desalination, etc. should be publicized. He advocates a campaign of TV spots and ads in newspapers and magazines. He believes these “messages could wow the American people” into contacting their representatives in Congress to support Israel. There… Read More

Hillary? No Way

After Barack Obama, the worst president we have ever had, why would we want Hillary Clinton (“Poll of the Week,” April 17)? She is not for Israel in any way. We cannot be that stupid again. I never voted for Obama. He has run this county into the ground, and there’s no reason not to… Read More

J Street: No Friend of Israel

In reference to “What’s Next for the Israeli Left” (March 27), it is time for J Street to be exposed for what it really is: an organization that is detrimental to the security and well-being of Israel. At its recent policy conference, J Street invited known terrorist sympathizer Saeb Erekat to address its delegates. Erekat,… Read More

The Deal with Iran: Is It Really So Good ?

Guess the author of this reaction to the American (and P5+1) led treaty with Iran to be signed in June: “This is a dangerous agreement, particularly for Saudi Arabia … it provides Iran with what it needs most to pursue its wars and expansionism against the Arabs. Lifting the sanctions is America’s way of backing… Read More