From Hope to Reality

Editorial Director

President Barack Obama, ever the optimist — he was the author of “Audacity of Hope,” after all — believes that humankind will eventually rise to the challenge of confronting climate change. The only question in his mind is whether the global response to rising temperatures, melting glaciers and destructive weather patterns will be sufficiently rapid… Read More

Jacob’s Strategy: A Model for Jewish Leadership? Parshat Vayishlach

Regular readers of this column on the weekly Torah portion are familiar with my style. They know that I usually focus upon some early personal memory and connect it to the parshah. Within each parshah, I select a less-known incident or relatively minor personality for reflection and elaboration. I rarely deal with the major issues… Read More

Sadly, Rep. Edwards Stands Alone

As a Maryland resident, I find it is unconscionable that Rep. Donna  Edwards could not find the strength, morality and wisdom to join with every one of her Maryland congressional colleagues to condemn the  incitement that led to terrorist acts being committed against Israeli civilians (“Maryland Delegation, Minus One, Signs Letter Condemning Palestinian Violence,” Nov…. Read More

A Call to Action Against White Supremacy

As per Carl Berenholtz’s suggestion in his Your Say directed at me (“Heritage, Not Hate, is Behind Flag’s Display,” Aug. 14), I have done research about the Confederacy as well as today’s neo-Confederate movements. Baltimore City is currently convening a special commission to review the city’s public Confederate monuments.  I attended its first public meeting … Read More

The Problem with ‘Open Orthodoxy’

Shame on Rabbi Chaim Landau (“Women Rabbis: Saints or Vixens?” Nov. 13). Since when do Jews copy what “has been happening in the world of Catholic and Protestant clergy”? That sentence itself best describes what is wrong with “Open Orthodoxy.” Following the concept of  nihiyeh k’chol hagoyim (let us be like all the other nations)… Read More

Turkey and Gravy with a Side of Economic Justice

Thanksgiving is all about celebrating bounty — the bounty of family and friends and of the fruit of hard work. For millions of women and their  families, however, that celebration is muted by hardship and the effort it takes to survive without the wages and benefits that middle-income Americans take for granted. For those families,… Read More

Settlement Amnesia Afflicts Martin Indyk

A form of amnesia must be affecting the Obama administration’s former chief Mideast negotiator, Martin Indyk. It is, however, a very selective kind of amnesia — he forgets only concessions that Israel has made. Speaking recently at a conference in Tel Aviv, Indyk declared that the only reason there are no peace talks between Israel… Read More

The Truth about Labeling

The deadly terror attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 and their  aftermath have overshadowed a decision made by the European Union two days earlier: that all member states must label products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Golan Heights as originating from those locations, rather than as “made in Israel.” While the move… Read More

Giving and Gratitude

Editorial Director

Jewish tradition teaches that there’s no greater mitzvah than the giving of tzedakah. Extend the concept and you can conclude that there’s no greater act than that of helping out your fellow human being, of giving something up of yourself — your time, your talents, your possessions — to make another person’s life that much… Read More

Grandstanding on the Backs of Refugees

Refugees with temporary  documents board a ferry to take them to Athens at the port of the Greek island of Kos in August. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

In a year when political discourse includes the idea of building a wall on the Mexican border “with a really big door” to keep outsiders out, it probably shouldn’t have come as a surprise when 31 governors, all but one of them Republicans, took a gratuitous shot at the victims of the Syrian civil war… Read More