Raskin: No Friend of Orthodox Women

While Jamie Raskin may be a legal expert on constitutional law and a claimant to the moral center, particularly when it comes to marriage equality, his record as a state senator belies that claim (“Maintaining the Moral Center,” May 8). Although he may be a supporter of same-sex marriage, for conventional marriages he has shown… Read More

Frustration Is No Excuse

Let’s make something eminently clear: There were two kinds of protest taking place in Baltimore as a result of the tragic death of Freddie Gray in police custody. The first was from those who sincerely wanted justice and an explanation for the catastrophic and sudden end of Freddie’s life. The second was from those whose… Read More

Enhancing Jewish Life in Baltimore

Many of you know the JCC as a recreation, fitness and aquatics center with early childhood programs and camps, and truth be told, we do have excellent facilities and programs. But what many of you do not know is that the J is also like a big open marketplace, or a <em<shuk (as they call… Read More

Free Speech on Z Street

Z Street, the pro-Israel group that says it was denied 501(c)(3) tax status because of its views, got its day in court last week. While the outcome of the case is far from certain, during oral arguments, a three-judge panel from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals criticized the IRS and the Justice Department for… Read More

Netanyahu’s New Government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with haredi Orthodox Knesset 
members, in the rear of the parliament in Jerusalem last week.
(JIM HOLLANDER/EPA/Newscom)

Despite being a coalition comprised of the “right” and the “religious,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fourth government, which was scheduled to be voted in on Wednesday, does not appear to be united or stable. With a razor-thin, one-seat Knesset majority, the new governing coalition could easily be toppled by a single, rebellious coalition partner. Avoiding… Read More

Education’s Big Payoff

Editor-in-Chief

For many a business, brick and mortar can be downright dirty words. Why invest money in physical infrastructure, argue today’s crop of digitally enhanced consultants, when funds can better be spent on improving efficiencies, boosting productivity and bringing business into the decentralized world of the 21st century? In a sense, they’re right, even in such… Read More

Taking Action

Years before he was arrested, Freddie Gray was lead poisoned (“The Whole World Is Seeing This,” May 1). The rate of lead poisoning in Sandtown-Winchester, where Freddie Gray lived, was three times the Baltimore City average, The Sun has reported. And that has prompted me to ask questions about enforcement and compliance with the lead-poisoning… Read More

Like Baltimore, Like Tel Aviv

“Taking a Stand” (May 1) had as its subhead, “In South Africa, Israel’s Ethiopian Jewish students refute apartheid charge.” That subhead is solidly contradicted by the recent Ethiopian protests in Tel Aviv against police brutality and racism. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Is Israel now mimicking Baltimore?

Two Solutions for Rabble-Rousers

So now we have the Baltimore riots (“The Whole World Is Seeing This,” May 1). Which city is next? Great civilizations such as the Greek and Roman empires have been relegated to the trash bin. We seem to be headed in the same direction and may soon reach the point of no return. I have… Read More

Looking Out for Israel

We Jews are known for engaging in civil discourse, open debate and understanding nuance; i.e., not everything is simply good vs. evil, cut and dried. Yet for many, when it comes to Israel this seems not to be the case. (“J Street: No Friend of Israel,” Your Say, May 1). So as a committed Zionist… Read More