Opinion

BY Danielle Sarah Storch
July 24, 2014

“I can’t believe we’re here!” I exclaimed, looking directly at my best friend, Shoni. “Camp Judah, here we come!” she yelled back, her voice trailing off and mixing into the rumble of the bus motor. We were almost at our sleep-away camp — the one that Shoni and I had planned all year long to CONTINUE »

BY Hannah M. Heller
July 24, 2014

“I am now a vegetarian,” our daughter, 11, announced proudly one night in 2001. “Why now,” I wanted to know? “I just bought one of your favorite foods — hot dogs.” To many people, becoming a vegetarian can appear to be a phase until the newness and excitement wear off. Our Gila, however, is a CONTINUE »

Parshat Masei
July 24, 2014

There must be at least a thousand jokes that begin, “A Catholic priest, an Orthodox rabbi and a Protestant minister enter a bar … .” I’ll begin this week’s column with a story about a Catholic priest, an Orthodox rabbi and a fine Jewish layman. They won’t be entering a bar together, that’s for sure. CONTINUE »

July 22, 2014

By Amian Kelemer (as read at Baltimore’s Gathering for Solidarity on July 21, 2014) I am a lot of things. Daughter, sister, wife, mother. Teacher, colleague, friend… The one thing I am that has changed me at my core more than almost anything else is being a soldier mom. And once you are a soldier CONTINUE »

Parshat Matot
BY Rabbi Philip “Flip” Rice
July 17, 2014

As the Jewish people worldwide make our way toward the conclusion of the fourth book of the Torah, we approach with the Israelites the end of our time together “in the wilderness.” Unfortunately, the material and agenda of the final two portions of the Book of Numbers are difficult to reconcile given our modern sensibilities. CONTINUE »