URJ: We Are All God’s Children

On Nov. 5, delegates to the Union for Reform Judaism’s 73rd biennial convention unanimously adopted a resolution on the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. It was a moment of great pride and celebration, tempered by the knowledge that just two days earlier — and  reflecting how much work remains to be done to… Read More

Chanukah: Creating a light that will be meaningful

Chanukah is the one holiday that is known to practically every Jew. It is also the only holiday that is not  mentioned in the Bible. In the centuries just before the start of the Common Era, the ruling Greek empire pressured the Jews to assimilate into the Hellenistic world. A small group of Jews, truly… Read More

Shameful Omission

The JT’s “The Seen” (Nov. 27) kvelled over the presentation of the Presidential Medal of Honor to four Jews among the 17 awardees. As an afterthought, it also mentioned that the non-Jewish recipients included two baseball legends and two entertainers. Conspicuous by its absence was any reference to the honoree with the closest connection to… Read More

Donald Trump and the Jews

Donald Trump waves to an  appreciative audience at a  campaign rally in September. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Last week’s daylong Republican Jewish Coalition-sponsored candidates’ forum generated a fair amount of interest and comment. While the “mainstream” Republican presidential candidates largely pitched their cases as expected, two of the current “leading” candidates did not. In the case of Donald Trump — who is now said to be leading his closest competitor by at… Read More

The Cost of Kosher

After reading “Kosher Kush” (Nov. 20), I must admit that the entire  concept of kosher marijuana fascinates me. I’m certainly not an expert on kashrut or what would or would not make cannabis kosher in any form. But I am certain that it will most likely cost twice as much as its treyf counterpart.

The Ills of Animal Products

As president emeritus of JewishVeg (forerly Jewish Vegetarians of North America, JVNA), I was very pleased with the JT’s “Vegging Out,” (Nov. 27) To reinforce its message, I believe  respectfully that Jews should consider how the production and consumption of meat and other animal products  violate basic Jewish mandates to  preserve human health, treat animals… Read More

The Distance Between Heaven and Earth Parshat Miketz

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The festival of Chanukah celebrates the military victory of the Judeans over the Hellenist  Syrians in the second century B.C.E., as recorded in the Al Hanissim thanksgiving prayer added to our daily prayers and Grace after Meals for the eight days of the holiday. The festival also celebrates the ideological victory of Judaism over Greek… Read More

To Live as a Jew

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It’s not often that you, dear readers, get a sneak peek into the operations of the JT, so here it goes: The morning we went to press, Daniel Schere, who wrote this week’s cover story on the work of Maryland Jews in the nascent medical marijuana industry, suggested a catchier headline: “High for the Holidays.”… Read More

Iran’s Effort to Build a Bomb

Throughout its negotiations over an agreement to restrict its nuclear development program in exchange for economic sanctions relief, Iran insisted that its historic nuclear activities were for peaceful purposes only. Some may have taken the Iranians at their word, but at the time it would have been naïve to assume that a regime that sponsored… Read More

Practice Positive Pessimism and Partner with God Parshat Vayeishev

Most of us have grown up with the power of positive thinking. We’ve been warned about negative outlooks and what popular psychologists call “catastrophizing.” To have a successful outcome when facing a problem, we’re told that we need to avoid the bad and focus on the good. But there is another point of view. The… Read More