The Value of Faith and Hope

This week’s haftorah echoes some of the themes found in the parshah of Ki Tissa. Its setting is in Northern Israel at a time after the 12 Tribes had been split into two kingdoms. What intrigues me in the reading is when Elijah strongly opposes the beliefs of Ahab and Jezebel, the king and queen… Read More

Expanded Pre-K: A Jewish Value and Universal Need

In his State of the State address last month, Gov. Martin O’Malley reminded us that “progress is a choice, and we have important work to accomplish this year.” From a communal perspective, O’Malley’s proposal to expand pre-kindergarten across the state is being championed in the legislature by Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and by many of… Read More

Rising to the Challenge

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For someone who’s spent the past three years in sunny southern Florida, this winter has been quite the eye-opener. But ask those who’ve lived in Baltimore most of their lives, even this season’s ice and snow — which, according to the State Highway Administration, has already caused Maryland to expend more than $80 million, far… Read More

The Presbyterian problem with Israel

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The conciliation between Christians and Jews in recent decades has been so remarkable that, although most Jews can’t explain the differences between, say, the Lutheran church and the Methodist church, the general feeling is that all is well, or at least doing better. This era of good feeling does not extend to Israel, however. Ironically,… Read More

Standing Up for the Hungry

I’ve been in BBYO since I was in the eighth grade and have attended the Northern Region East’s Regional Convention, which brings teens together from Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., for five years. This year’s regional convention was by far my favorite. The major distinction from years past was our day of service. In… Read More

Washington JCC draws a red line

The story of David Harris-Gershon goes a bit of the way toward answering the perennial question of whether a tree makes a sound if it falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it. In 2012, Harris-Gershon, a Pittsburgh Jewish day school teacher, “came out” about his support of the boycott, divestment… Read More

JCC Migdal Celebrates Its Anniversary

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On February 2, the Migdal Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Odessa celebrated its twenty-second birthday! The program, planned by Migdal members, was held in one of Odessa’s concert halls; yet, the family atmosphere of the event made everybody feel warm and cozy. Migdal participants of all ages took part in the performance: babies danced with… Read More

Man Makes the Clothes

There are 54 portions in the Torah. It would stand to reason that if any topic were to dominate any of these parshahs, that topic would be of excessive interest and import to the Jewish people and the world at large. That’s why many are shocked when they realize that this week’s portion is dedicated… Read More

Be Aware of Differences

In reference to the article regarding the new mosque on Park Heights Avenue (“Coming Together,” Jan. 31), I think it is great that we welcome them. Ultimately, it is not our business who our neighbors are as long as we treat each other with respect. We should be aware that the Ahmadi group, the sect… Read More

No More Tears

I applaud Hannah Heller’s recent letter to the editor (“Stores Are Replaceable!” Jan. 31) regarding the article concerning the closing of Loehmann’s. As Robert Alan Zimmerman, better known as Bob Dylan, once sang, “Now’s not the time for your tears.” Gary Kenneth Bass Baltimore