Countering OPEC’s Power

The national average for a gallon of gasoline is $2.41. For this, drivers can mostly thank the highest level of domestic oil production in four decades — more than 9 million barrels per day. With American energy production booming, it’s difficult to imagine a return to the shortages that characterized the 1973 Arab oil embargo…. Read More

A Different Moses Emerges for All Time Parshat Ki Tisa

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What is the significance of the dazzling radiance of Moses’ face and why did it not attain this shining glow until he received the Second Tablets on Yom Kippur? And, perhaps the most difficult question of all, why did Moses break the first tablets? Yes, he was bitterly disappointed, perhaps even angry, at the Israelites’… Read More

This is Friendship?

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No sooner had Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left the House of Representatives chamber, where, at a joint meeting of Congress, he delivered an impassioned plea for the United States to abandon the present contours of a nuclear deal with Iran, that the White House castigated the remarks and their speaker as “all rhetoric [and]… Read More

Taking Matters into Our Own Hands

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The story of Purim is one of deliverance, of the miraculous change in fortune of a persecuted people who maintained their faith through the most trying of times. That we can celebrate it today is a testament to the Persian Jewish community’s self-sacrifice of more than 2,300 years ago and an inspiration for the millions… Read More

The Stigma of Fame Parshat Tetzaveh

People are motivated by many things. The search for pleasure is certainly one of the great motivators of human beings. So are the search for power and the search for riches. There are also those among us who seek to be liked by others, to the extent that the search for adulation is their primary… Read More

DFI Keeps the Ball Rolling

Marc Shapiro in his insightful Feb. 20 cover story, “Congregational Evolution,” highlighted The Associated’s efforts in working with three pilot congregations, thanks to a grant from the Kolker-Saxon-Hallock Family Foundation. This grant has allowed us to select, through an application process, three additional congregations, Beth Israel, Beth El and Chizuk Amuno, to work on engaging… Read More

Obama Has Done His Fair Share

I am mystified by the JT’s editorial, “Obama’s Word About Israel” (Jan. 30), in which you stated, “It may well be that, unlike his recent predecessors, [President Barack] Obama will not attempt to make an Israeli-Palestinian accord his legacy.” On his second day in office, Obama appointed former senator George Mitchell, who had brokered the… Read More

Owings Mills, Reisterstown Schools Also Need CHAI

I read with interest Melissa Apter’s article, “New Coalition Aims to Strengthen Pikesville Schools” (Jan. 30). Although I applaud CHAI for entering into this partnership, I cannot help but wonder why it has not done the same in the Owings Mills and Reisterstown areas. The Owings Mills area is the home of several vibrant Jewish… Read More

Our Legacy, for Better or for Worse

Sustaining evolution or submitting to extinction? This isn’t a line for tree-hugging environmentalists.  This is about you.  And me.  And whether we have a vested interest in our learning and our future or if we are resigned to acquiesce to the fate of our complacency and greed. The advantage to being human is that we… Read More

Our French Connection

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As I rushed into our local kosher market to pick up the remaining items I needed for Shabbat, my thoughts turned to Sophie and Sandy who were among the Jews held at gunpoint in the Hyper Cacher kosher market in Paris on Jan. 9. I could not help but think about the connections made and… Read More