Embracing the Purim Spirit

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You certainly don’t need to be reminded, but there’s nothing like spending Purim in Baltimore. As if last week’s pre-holiday carnivals weren’t enough, entire streets became parking lots on Sunday, bumper-to-bumper traffic competing with costumed revelers in the race to deliver precious shlach manot to neighbors and friends. The scene was one of tremendous unity,… Read More

Erroneous Statement

In truth, it is Ada Grodzinsky’s knowledge of Jewish history (Your Say, March 7) rather than Stanleigh Cohen’s (Your Say, March 14) that is erroneous, both conceptually and factually. Grodzinsky insists, “It adds insult to injury to say that any place (other than the land of Israel) will do” as a Jewish abode. That would be gobsmacking news to any… Read More

BBYO and AIPAC: Leading the Next Generation

Being only 5 feet tall is pretty overwhelming when you walk around and are constantly being towered over. Often, you’re not heard or listened to because you are just so short. But standing in a room of more than 14,000 pro-Israel activists is beyond overwhelming. It is stunning, mind-boggling and absolutely amazing that I am… Read More

Three little words

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Will Israeli-Palestinian peace come down to whether the Palestinians will acknowledge that Israel is “a Jewish state”? And if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas doesn’t say those three little words, will we see the current negotiations end without a resolution? In his defense, Abbas says that he recognizes Israel; that his predecessor, Yassir Ara-fat, already recognized… Read More

Sustaining Spring Showers: Dayenu

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I’m sure that few will lament the bitter cold winter leaving us as we enter spring  and, with it, the resurgence of life. March definitely has come in like a lion but hopefully will leave like a lamb, giving way to the more mild showers of April. Rain enables the rebirth of vegetation after winter… Read More

Hadassah Steps Up

In response to Ken Birnbaum (Your Say, March 14) concerning Hadassah Hospitals, Hadassah has been as transparent as possible by creating a website, hadassah.org/hmoupdate, to keep everyone apprised of what is happening at our hospitals. The page contains links to question-and-answer pages, daily updates and articles that make it clear to all of our members… Read More

Israel: Bastion Of Freedom

Concerning Miles Hoenig’s letter (Your Say, March 7) that supports the boycott of Israel’s universities and colleges, targeting any learning institution is wrong and should never be considered in any way, shape or form. But targeting Israel, the only true democracy in the Middle East, smacks of racism and anti-Semitism. Israel is a shining bastion… Read More

Jordan: Vital As Buffer

While the loss of the monarchy in Jordan would be a national disaster for that nation (“A Kingdom Too Weak To Let Fail,” March 7), it has even more serious implications for Israel and U.S. Mideast policy. Jordan has served as a buffer between the now satellite of Iran, namely Iraq, and Israel, preventing Iran… Read More

Two-States Not Best Option

The March 14 editorial (“Michael Oren’s Unilateral Withdrawal”) aptly points out that unilateral action is not a viable substitute for direct negot- iations. On the other hand, the JTprejudges the outcome of negotiations by stating, “The two-state solution is the best Zionist option.” The two-state solution is not the best Zionist option by a long shot. At the… Read More

Beit Shemesh has spoken

In last week’s mayoral election in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh, incumbent Moshe Abutbul appears to have been returned to office fair and square. That wasn’t the case last fall, when the results of an earlier election went in Abutbul’s favor, only to be overturned due to voter fraud. While it appears that the… Read More