Mindfulness While Practicing Yoga

One current buzzword in academia is “cultural appropriation,” which has been defined as “taking an element from a disenfranchised group and turning it into a commodity or entertainment.” Think, the Washington Redskins’ name and mascot. Being sensitive to others in an increasingly inclusive society is generally a commendable thing. The laboratory for this social change… Read More

Countering BDS at the Ex-Im Bank

Senators from both parties have inserted a rider into the transportation bill to counter the BDS movement against Israel.

The Export-Import Bank of the United States is the country’s official export credit agency. It is an independent, self-sustaining agency of the U.S. government, with the mission to support American jobs through the facilitation of the export of American goods and services by providing financing tools for U.S. companies to compete for global sales. The… Read More

Stein’s a Mensch; Stop the Attacks

I allow I have no vested interest, other than my appreciation of open space, concerning the proposal for the Chabad synagogue off Stevenson Road (“Associated Official’s Email Ignites Concern in Chabad Case,” Nov. 20). However, I am concerned about the charged, inflammatory rhetoric and what seems to me a misguided ad hominem attack upon a… Read More

North Oaks Is Indeed a Jewel

Thank you for your article on North Oaks (“Pikesville’s Jewel,” Nov. 20). As the family members of residents of that community, we cannot sing its praises loudly enough. Our parents not only live in a beautiful apartment, on a lovely property, in the midst of a Jewish atmosphere, but they are extremely well served by… Read More

Put Safety First!

The JT’s Nov. 20 article “Associated Official’s Email Ignites Concern in Chabad Case” states that about 90 percent of the 150 to 200 emails that councilwoman Vicki Almond has received were in support of the Chabad synagogue in the Stevenson Road community. Here is one that is not — and for safety reasons only. There… Read More

Heed These Words of Freedom

Both American and Jewish traditions support immigration.  To deny entry to our shores is to deny the opportunity that a free society provides to the outcast yearning to breathe free, to the stranger in a strange land. Those are the words in both the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty and in… Read More

Slanted Reporting?

In tone, the JT’s “Stevenson Chabad Hearings Come to a Close” (Nov. 27) came across not as reportage, but as advocacy. For example, loaded phraseology such as “shred the opposition’s arguments” reflects editorial judgment, not journalistic observation.

Why No Facebook Filter in Solidarity with Israeli Victims?

“Show your support for the people of Paris by temporarily updating your profile picture with this new template we created,” read the Facebook-sponsored text promoted not 24 hours after last week’s terror attacks in Paris. The social media giant invited users to overlay their profile picture with the blue, white and red colors of the… Read More

Looking Forward to a Strong Jewish Future

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Twenty years ago, a group of Associated Women, led by Brenda Brown Rever and a few other visionary leaders, recognized the tragedy and prevalence of domestic violence in our Jewish community. It was these leaders and dedicated system professionals, working both with and outside The Associated system, who helped establish a place where women and… Read More

From Hope to Reality

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President Barack Obama, ever the optimist — he was the author of “Audacity of Hope,” after all — believes that humankind will eventually rise to the challenge of confronting climate change. The only question in his mind is whether the global response to rising temperatures, melting glaciers and destructive weather patterns will be sufficiently rapid… Read More