The Jewish Agency after Sharansky

The day before Natan Sharansky was  appointed to a second term as chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel in 2013,  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the former Soviet political prisoner and Likud party government minister a “symbol of Jewish unity and a symbol of the triumph of the Jewish people over  adversity.” You… Read More

Pushing Back at the Wall

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was critical of American Jewish community leaders who were involved in staging a march to the Kotel, or Western Wall, on Nov. 2 as part of a protest to restrictions on egalitarian worship at the holy site. About a dozen Torah scrolls were carried into the women’s section for use… Read More

Good Intentions Are Not Enough Parshah Lekh Lekha

This week’s parshah is Lekh Lekha, which introduces the character of Abraham. Abraham is known as a good and obedient man. But I’ve always doubted that blind faith in G-d is the same as being good. Studying Abraham, I found myself asking, “Was he a good person? What were his intentions?” But good intentions aren’t… Read More

UN’s Anti-Israel Resolutions Are Unjust

World War II taught the  international community that more needed to be done to protect at-risk cultures, especially since the war targeted the Jewish population and attempted to dissolve the Jewish identity. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), established in 1945 in response to World War II, seeks to preserve history and… Read More

When a Jew Travels to Poland

Once, when a Jewish person  announced plans to visit Germany, friends would ask, “Why would you want to go there?” They were obviously unaware of Germany’s move from its past — evident in the handsome German-Jewish History Museum, the encouragement  of new Jewish communities throughout the country and the opening of a touching outdoor memorial… Read More

Thank God, the Election Is Over

Among all of the presidential elections I’ve covered as a journalist, I’ve long considered the historic showdown between Al Gore and George W. Bush as the election to end all elections. I was assigned to report on the final days of the Gore campaign from its election night headquarters in Nashville, Tenn. Every single print… Read More

Anti-Semitism: Danger to Us All

My father, Haim Hendrick Roet, a Holocaust survivor from the Netherlands, addressed the United Nations General Assembly in January during its annual Holocaust memorial ceremony with this poignant cri de coeur: “Looking back 70 years,” he said, “it is heartbreaking that as a world, we did not learn enough from the Holocaust.” Eight months later,… Read More

A Return to Civility

Americans used to talk about election- related violence and contested balloting in other countries with a degree of smugness, confident that it couldn’t happen here. Not anymore. This year’s presidential race not only has seen the thin veneer of civility torn apart, it has also raised the disquieting specter of something less than a peaceful… Read More

Szeliga’s the Choice

I am disappointed but not surprised that once again the JT has put liberalism in front of qualifications and Democrat Party loyalty ahead of America and Israel. You accomplished this by putting Rep. Chris Van Hollen ahead of Del. Kathy Szeliga in your endorsement (“Van Hollen for U.S. Senate,” Oct. 21). You attack Szeliga for… Read More

A Rising Star

Congratulations to Jennifer Robinson for being spotlighted by the Jewish Times (“You Should Know,” Oct. 28).  Jennifer represents the very best of the oft-maligned millennial generation, demonstrating strong  loyalty to family and dedication to her professional growth and satisfaction. Jennifer pitched the idea of a young professionals group to the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce as… Read More