People of the Book Der Rosenkavalier: 2017 in 3/4 Time

Excepting sex, comic opera’s the best thing in the world. The reason is simple, comic opera isn’t funny, it’s just opera without grand airs. All it does is imitate life’s flowing moods. Mozart’s its great master, every phrase of his operas simultaneously capturing all life’s moods. He’s the ph7 of expression. Composers tried to bring… Read More

The Case for a Smaller City Council

Baltimore City faces an understaffed police force, an underfunded public school system and an underpopulated city that is at its lowest in 100 years. The oversized and expensive Baltimore City Council is always brainstorming to find solutions to its never-ending problem of the city’s budget shortfall in revenue. On Nov. 6, 2018, Baltimore City voters… Read More

Culinary Evolution

In recent years, Baltimore has become a not-so-secret culinary destination. Neighborhoods such as Remington, Hampden, Fells Point and Canton have become foodie hot spots with restaurants spanning international flavors. In 2015, Zagat named Baltimore the United States’ No. 2 food city. So it’s only natural that the kosher food scene would mirror what’s happening in… Read More

Recipes for Disunity

For decades, haredi-Orthodox authorities have sought to tighten their control over Israel’s already strict interpretation of personal status questions, such as who may marry and whose conversions are kosher in the eyes of the state. The latest attempt comes from the Sephardic haredi party Shas, which last week submitted a bill to the Knesset that… Read More

Water as Torah

This Shabbat, we read the haftorah from the Book of Jeremiah. During his lifetime, Jeremiah, the prophet, remembered the exile of the Northern Kingdom by the Assyrians, when the Ten Tribes were led into captivity. The Israelites were worshiping idols and foreign gods, and Jeremiah understood that they had to be punished for their lack… Read More

Mitzvot and Faith Parshat Behar-Bechukotai

In this week’s double parshah, Behar-Bechukotai, the Israelites are instructed how to take care of the land of Israel. The shmita year, the seventh year, was created to make sure that the land would not be worked continuously so that it could replenish itself. As an agricultural society, Israelites would grow crops to produce food… Read More

College Doesn’t Turn Jews from Judaism

In a recent analysis of U.S. religious groups, the Pew Research Center reported that the most educated American Jews are also the least religious. In considering these findings, it’s tempting to think that secular education leads to assimilation among American Jews. The reason this might make sense: In a diverse, open society, education can draw… Read More

The Threat Within

This country has been good for us, and we have prospered (“When You’re Here, You’re Family,” May 12). We are safe and integrated into society. But one of the ironies is that this has enabled many Jews to drift and be absorbed into society and gradually lose contact with their roots and brethren. Others choose… Read More