My Uncle Marty Deserves a Mention

I wish to add the name Martin Wahlberg to those who played a significant role in the life of the Congregation of Israel Synagogue in Pocomoke City (“The Changing Face of Eastern Shore Jewry,” June 26). For several decades in the mid-1900s, my Uncle Marty served the small Jewish community tirelessly in doing so many… Read More

Fond Memories of Life in Salisbury

After reading “The Changing Face of Eastern Shore Jewry” (June 26), I thought back to my life growing up in Salisbury, Md. In the 1950s and 1960s Salisbury was the hub of Eastern Shore Jewry. There were at one time 120 Jewish families who belonged to Beth Israel Synagogue, a Conservative congregation that had the… Read More

It’s Time to Stop Demonizing Michael Oren

Michael Oren is my friend. During his nearly five years as Israel’s ambassador to the United States, we’d speak on an almost daily basis. Often those phone calls would come at 3 or 4 a.m., Washington time, and Oren, enduring another sleepless night, would share his fears about how the Obama administration was compromising Israel’s… Read More

Actions Always Speak Louder Than Words

In the very midst of negotiations with Western powers, Iran has stepped up its involvement in regional proxy wars, overtly supporting the Houthi rebels in Yemen. It is attempting to open a new terror front in the Golan Heights. It continues to bolster Bashar al-Assad’s regime, spending what some experts estimate to be up to… Read More

Sobering Thoughts about BDS

In its annual survey of the Jewish world, the Israel-based think tank Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) considered the de-legitimization threat posed against Israel by the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. The think tank, which is chaired by longtime U.S. diplomats Stuart Eizenstat and Dennis Ross, submitted its assessment last month to the Israeli… Read More

Applauding the Panthers

Editor-in-Chief

What exactly is hand and foot canasta and what does it have to do with Judaism? To an untrained audience, the exact same question could be asked of mah jongg, but I digress. In the context of this week’s JT, the card game, of which apparently there are many variants, provides fodder for an ongoing… Read More

An Untimely Objection

State Department  spokesman John Kirby (DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett/Public Domain)

Why did the State Department move from celebrating President Barack Obama’s legislative victory a day after the passage of the Trade Promotion Authority bill to “clarifying” a provision in the legislation that treats Israel and “Israeli-controlled territories” as a single economic entity? The provision in question, spearheaded by Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman… Read More

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Curse the Children of Israel

The use of comedy in Jewish storytelling is a very powerful tool for conveying the serious wisdom of our tradition. Often, the Torah introduces us to a wide range of colorful characters — intriguing men, women, and creatures — in order to infuse the stories of the Torah with wit and humor. These personalities have… Read More

Shame on J Street

The representative of J Street had the gall to demand that Hillel not only give it a venue for its anti-Israel agenda, but also, by extension, funds that have been donated to Hillel (“No More Talking,”  June 19). For a blatantly anti-Israel, pro-Arab organization to make such a demand required real chutzpah and a falsification… Read More

Well-Earned Salute for Col. Burtnick

I enjoyed your article on the post-humous award of the Medal of Honor to Sgt. William Shemin (“ Medal of Honor,”  June 5); however, one major element was left out. Col. Erwin Burtnick, commander of the Department of Maryland and chairman of the national Awards for Valor Committee of the Jewish War Veterans of the… Read More