The First Jewish Doctors Parschat Tazria, Leviticus 12:1-13:59

In 1990, Dr. Gail Wilensky asked me to make an invocation at her installation as director of Medicare and Medicaid. I included Birkat Ha-kohanim, the priestly blessing, since the Torah speaks about the role of the Kohen in diagnosing illness and disease. It also makes the kohanim responsible for public health, although not necessarily as… Read More

Stand Up for Police Reform

When my great-uncle was a child in 1910s Poland, not yet bar mitzvah age, a police officer spit at him in the street and called him a dirty Jew. That story makes me angry and reminds me that the anti-Semitism our people faced was not casual or personal, but a constant threat of violence. Today,… Read More

A House Divided Against Itself …

A Jewish day school education combined with my participation in a “Labor-Zionist” youth movement has afforded me an interesting perspective. Attending the AIPAC Policy Conference with Beth Tfiloh, knowing that some of my fellow youth movement members stood outside campaigning to “#DumpAIPAC,” left me struggling to define my place between these two worlds. I support… Read More

We Must Never Forget

What’s it like to be a religious minority? It sounds like a ridiculous question for the Jewish community, which has over time developed a badge of honor out of its experiences as strangers in a strange land. But if we really think about it, there are few among us today who can truly appreciate what… Read More

Just Don’t Get It

I find it interesting that even after so many years of spurned attempts by Israel to exchange land for peace that there are still unwavering  “holdouts” who believe that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is about Palestinian quests for land  acquisition. In “Outside The Tent” (March 18), Fred L. Pincus bemoaned his discomfort while attending the Darrel… Read More

Uplift Baltimore

I applaud you for the JT’s  recent coverage of the issues raised by the response to Freddie Gray’s death last April. In “All In for B’more” (March 18), you have made your readership aware of what we can and should do next. “Lifting Baltimore out of the morass … will require … support of the… Read More

Lamenting Change

I write to echo Judy Chernak’s comments in “Your Say” of March 11. As I have counted the dwindling number of pages with each edition of the Jewish Times since the change in management and leadership, I wondered what else could be and would be done to diminish the quality and reputation of what was… Read More

Senator Support

I could not agree more with the Jewish Times’ endorsement of Chris Van Hollen to replace the retiring Barbara Mikulski as our next U.S. Senator. In her many years in the Senate, Mikulski had a very pro-Israel voting record. In contrast, Donna Edwards, who is running against Van Hollen, does not have a favorable voting… Read More

Shul Memories

As an avid reader of the Jewish Times and as someone who enjoys all references to those Jewish institutions that were so much a part of my youth in Baltimore and were so meaningful, I thoroughly enjoyed the “Past Presence” series (March 11 and March 18). I was a bit disappointed that I saw no… Read More