The Power of Women Parshat Shemot

In decreeing the destruction of the Israelites in Egypt, why does Pharaoh distinguish between the genders? Apparently afraid to keep the Israelite men alive lest they wage a rebellion against him, Pharaoh is confident that the Israelite women will not pose a threat, as they will presumably marry Egyptian men and assimilate into Egyptian society…. Read More

Thank You, Chief Johnson

Over the past 12 years, I have had the honor to interact with an accomplished public servant, Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson. What impressed me most during Chief Johnson’s 12-year tenure was that the Baltimore County homicide rate was one-tenth that of Baltimore City, violent crime was consistently down to record low levels, and… Read More

Rabbi Not Required

The brouhaha over Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom’s stand on interfaith marriage is based on “fake news” — namely, that you need a rabbi to officiate at a Jewish wedding (“The Jewish Future,” Jan. 13). The Hebrew Bible only prohibited intermarriage with the seven Canaanite tribes; it was Ezra the Scribe who — unilaterally, autocratically, with no… Read More

Embarrassed by Remark

We are concerned about some of the generalizations made in “People of the Book?” (Jan. 6) by Evan Tucker. Regarding Jews, he states: “We’re difficult people at the best of times. At the worst of times? I don’t need to tell you.” We are embarrassed by such a remark because of its gross characterization of… Read More

Woodmont Not Playing its ‘A’ Game

“Yeah, you go ahead and bar the first black president from your country club. Forget what the 1950s felt like.” This tweet followed the news, first  reported Jan. 10 by the New York Post, that the historically Jewish Woodmont Country Club in Rockville was debating — “at each other’s throats,” was the Post’s description —… Read More

The Cost of Staying Tight-Lipped

We are thankful that last week’s bomb scares were only that — there were no  casualties, no damage and no bombs found at the 16 Jewish community centers in the East and South, including the Jewish Community Center in Park Heights, which received threatening calls on Jan. 9. We praise the institutions that followed security… Read More

Reaching Out at a Local Level

This past week we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day in honor of an extraordinary leader and impassioned advocate who galvanized change through his eloquent words and decisive actions, emboldening our nation to live up to our founding father’s ideals and principles. As I reflected upon King’s teachings, there was one quote, in particular, that… Read More

In Israel, Unity Is Most Effective Response

Unfortunately, we as a society have suffered from terror attacks all too often. One might think it would be natural for a society, who has suffered as many attacks as Israel has, to become desensitized to these atrocities. Israel, however, has not succumbed to such a fate. We fight back, day after day, by uniting… Read More

The Need for Unity

Jewish institutions up and down the Eastern Seaboard are being targeted, with vandalism reported in Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania and our own Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore in Park Heights one of 16 JCCs nationwide to receive a bomb threat last week. Investigators, according to the Jewish Federations of North America’s Secure Community… Read More

People of the Book ‘The Brothers Ashkenazi’: The Giant Machine of History

Why is there no truly great Holocaust Novel? We have great Holocaust books, but no writer has ever been capable of conveying its tragic enormity. The few survivors dwindle rapidly from Old Age, the one killer the Nazis could never beat; and its most articulate witnesses, even world-renowned writers like Primo Levi or Elie Wiesel, can only tell… Read More