Opinion

Parshat Vayeshev
November 21, 2013

The name of this week’s Torah portion is Vayeshev, which is in the Book of Genesis. It is a continuation of the story of Joseph. In Vayeshev, Joseph is now in Egypt. Sadly, at this point in the story, Joseph is in prison, where he encounters two new prisoners. One is Pharaoh’s cup bearer and CONTINUE »

November 20, 2013

I am writing to express my deep concern about the $1.4 billion merger of the largest and second-largest funeral services companies in the U.S., Service Corporation International (SCI) and Stewart Enterprises, Inc. If this merger takes place, some of my constituents in the Washington, D.C. area could see an overwhelming increase in standard funeral costs. CONTINUE »

November 20, 2013

My family was the subject of a recent article in the Baltimore Jewish Times (“Seriously?” Oct. 10). Amy Landsman did a story about hosting a vegan bar mitzvah. I wanted to let the JT know that we think she did a great job both in researching and telling our story. I’ve been interviewed before by CONTINUE »

November 20, 2013

Thank you for sharing the story of the Six Million Stamp Project by students at Mount Hebron High School, who are trying to comprehend the Holocaust and the meaning of six million deaths (“Stamping Out Intolerance,” Nov. 1). My synagogue, Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah, is collecting used postage stamps for them to aid in their CONTINUE »

November 20, 2013

I want to thank the JT for publishing Marc Shapiro’s thoughtful article on Elsa Newman (“Judaism Behind Bars,” Oct. 25) and her travails as an incarcerated Jew behind bars in the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women. Elsa had exemplified the laudable values of the Judeo-Christian teachings in her work over her 11-year incarceration, helping hundreds CONTINUE »