A Personal View on Marriage

More than 64 years ago, a Jewish male and a gentile female met (“Intermarriage a Disappointment,” Feb. 7). After spending time together for nearly a year, they really wanted to get married. She made a list of things that should be observed if they could have a happy life together: marriage done by a rabbi;… Read More

Women of the Mall?

Until now, the Women of the Wall were known as a group that has been working for decades in an effort to obtain equal prayer rights for women at Judaism’s holiest site. But last Friday, group members moved from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. They set up a table at the entrance to Tel Aviv’s Carmel… Read More

Todah, Israel. You Surprised Me.

Heart-to-Heart

By: Elizabeth Schuman Everyone asks me about the Heart to Heart mission to Israel. Was it incredible? Did you visit the Wall? How about Tel Aviv? Did you climb Masada? Wasn’t the food the best you’ve ever tasted? Well, yes. Jerusalem and the Wall are breathtaking, with history you can feel, see and touch. Tel… Read More

Boycotts Much Ado About Nothing

A recent news item quotes a Knesset member from the Labor Party as saying that if Israel does not quickly agree to the creation of a Palestinian state, Israel will have “an image as a state worthy to isolate” (“Not Losing Sleep,” Feb. 14). Yet, Gallup’s annual world affairs survey, conducted in February, found that… Read More

State Bill Ill-Conceived

Israel’s policies toward its Palestinian residents is nothing short of outright racism (“Jewish Organizations Face Off,” Feb. 28). It humiliates men, women and children at checkpoints; its civilians beat, shoot and kill civilians; it steals their land to make room for those making Aliyah and all along screams “anti-Semitism” anytime people of conscience, Jews and… Read More

Rabbi’s Message Hits The Mark

What an inspiring message from Rabbi Ari Israel about respecting fundamental differences while forging common goals and positively challenging each other (“A Lesson in Communal Relations,” Feb. 27). This is the underlying mission of Limmud Baltimore, an entirely volunteer-driven nonprofit organization, which is now in its third year. At its core, the Baltimore Jewish community… Read More

Letter Presents Flawed Reading of History

I had to read Mr. Cohen’s letter several times to truly understand the mistaken information about the land of Israel’s place for the Jewish people (“Why the Need for a Nation-State?” Feb. 21). If, as Mr. Cohen says, a Jewish state was needed to give us self-awareness and security, why Israel? Go back in history… Read More

Drawing Closer to the Almighty

This week we begin the third book of the Torah, Vayikra, which means “God called.” This book of the Torah talks about how our ancestors praised God by sacrificing animals in the Temple. I believe that the Israelites brought sacrifices because they thought they needed to express thanks to God, thanks for everything that He… Read More

Reporter’s Notebook

In the short time I’ve been writing for JT I have met some truly remarkable people in Baltimore’s Jewish community. Jake Levin, who passed away March 1 at the age of 98, was one of them. I met Jake last October, and like other people I have had the good fortune to profile, I was… Read More

Birthright Change Not a Panacea

While changing Birthright Israel’s eligibility requirements to include young adults who previously participated on a teen Israel experience appears to be a worthy addition to the ubiquitous free trip program, it is, in fact, a mirage and a misstep. The change has the appearance of bringing more young people to Israel, but because the experience… Read More