What Would You Hold Onto — At Any Price? Parshat Vayetzei

The show “Pawn Stars” is a runaway hit on the History Channel. It tells the story of three generations of the Harrison family and their Las Vegas pawnshop. There’s Richard, the patriarch (affectionately known as the “old man”); Rick, the son (who really runs the business); and Rick’s adult son, Corey (who wants to become… Read More

The Power of Now

Editorial Director

One of the more memorable presentations to come out of the recently concluded 2015 General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America had nothing to do with politics or the fate of Israel. It didn’t come from the likes of Israeli Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog, who on Monday gave an impassioned defense of ethnically… Read More

Thank God, Sanders Doesn’t Want to Talk Religion

At a campaign event in Virginia last week, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders invoked his Judaism in response to a question about Islamophobia in the media. The exchange drew widespread attention, in part because Sanders has mostly avoided discussion of how his religion informs his politics. The contrast between his approach and that of other… Read More

A Low Bar for Netanyahu’s Visit

President Barack Obama speaks with 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a prior visit to Israel. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

In a conference call with reporters last week, aides to President Barack Obama set fairly low expectations for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the White House on Monday. Nonetheless, at the end of the day, it appears that much was accomplished — from the prime minister’s declaration that Israel would always be committed… Read More

Women Rabbis: Saints or Vixens?

Rabbi Chaim Landau

It happened … once again, and not in a very subtle, nuanced deliberation. The RCA, the Agudath Yisrael of America, hard-lined leaders of Orthodoxy in America, combined forces, both verbal and strategic, to denounce, reject, and neutralize the existence of a growing Modern Orthodox trend that accepts women clergy in synagogue leadership roles. The attack… Read More

Adding Power To Veterans Day

I heartily concur with Joshua Runyan’s call for some form of mandatory civilian service as a way to honor the dedication of our veterans (“We Need to Do More,” Nov. 6). Another suggestion: In some state and municipal localities, Election Day is a day off from work for state/school employees. Veterans Day is a national… Read More

Will the Real J.K. Please Stand Up?

The JT’s Nov. 6 issue mentions J.K. Rowling’s opposition to a cultural boycott of Israel (The Seen). I thought your readers should know what Rowling had to say about Israel on Twitter, illustrating that she is scarcely a supporter of Israel. “The Palestinian community has suffered untold injustice and brutality. I want to see the… Read More

Grand Reopening Is My Mall Wish

Regarding the JT’s article “Doors Closing Opens Up Mall’s Future” (Nov. 6), I definitely hope Owings Mills Mall is redeveloped with the existing structure and the J.C. Penney remains. While I’m disappointed with the Macy’s closure, at least there is one Macy’s store still in the area at Security Square. But there is no other… Read More

A Proud Partnership

We were thrilled to see the article about Revital Shimoni visiting Chizuk Amuno’s Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center (“A Guest from Ashkelon,” Oct. 30) while in town recently with her husband, Ashkelon’s Mayor Itamar Shimoni. That event, sponsored by The Associated’s Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership, was part of the couple’s visit to Baltimore to learn about our… Read More

Better the Servant than the Student Parshat Chayei Sarah

“You can’t find decent help these days!” This is a common complaint heard in middle-class homes, particularly in Jewish kitchens during the season of preparations for Passover. Happily, my wife and I have been blessed, over the years, with some excellent domestic help. Usually, they were African-American women who were not only honest, efficient and… Read More