Superstorms of a Socioeconomic Kind

“A rare combination of circumstances that aggravates a situation drastically, resulting in an event of unusual magnitude.” If you lived on the East Coast in 2012, you most likely remember Hurricane Sandy, frequently referred to as a superstorm by the media. This storm was the biggest of the year, caused the most damage and was… Read More

A Birthright for Evangelicals?

A new program to bring young evangelical Christians to Israel on an 11-day subsidized trip has been dubbed “Birthright for evangelicals” because it was inspired by the successful Birthright Israel program open to Jewish young adults. And it’s a testament to that success that other groups seek to copy it. But comparisons between the two… Read More

The Pope’s Recognition

Under Pope Francis, the Vatican announced an agreement with the “State of Palestine.”
(Massimiliani Migliorato /CPP/POLARIS)

As the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis is also the head of a political entity called the Vatican. It was that entity that on May 13 announced an agreement with the “State of Palestine” about churches under Palestinian control. The use of “Palestine” was a shift away from the Vatican’s prior reference… Read More

Last Line of Defense

Editorial Director

In case you haven’t noticed, Hebrew school, that bastion of non-Orthodox supplemental religious training, is a thing of the past. In the evolution of American Jewish life, the Sunday schools and religious schools of past generations have given way to “experiential Wednesdays” and “Jewish discovery labs.” And whatever you do, don’t call it “Hebrew school.”… Read More

Hometown Connection

There is a Baltimore connection to the May 8 Focus on History story, “Nobel Medal of German Doc Who Shielded Jews Brings $395K.” Nate D. Sanders, of Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles that handled the transaction, was born in Baltimore, where he lived until he and his parents moved to Pikesville in the… Read More

Israel Doesn’t Need Fox News

Letter-writer Joseph Trost (Your Say, May 1) counsels Baltimore Jewry to “Turn to Fox News” for accurate and credible reporting and analysis when it comes to information about Israel and the Middle East. Ridiculous. And here’s the most recent example why. With regard to media coverage of the Baltimore protests and rioting, Baltimore Sun media… Read More

Unite Through Constructive Criticism

A May 8 Your Say letter (“J Street: No Friend of Israel”) states that we Jews are known for our “understanding nuance, etc.” I agree that criticism of Israel “does not mean that one is against the Jewish state,” but one might question the motives of a group such as J Street and some others… Read More

Terrorists Have No Place in Constitution

I would like to offer my comments to the May 8 editorial (“Muhammad as a Red Flag”). The “free speech” amendment was added to the Constitution because the Founding Fathers believed that discourse between people would lead to a better government. They did not envision an Islamic fanatical terrorist movement that believed in killing people… Read More

Rockin’ Seniors

Have you heard of the Invisible Generation? It is made up of citizens over 70 years of age. They are alive, active, alert, and, oh yes, they possess more wisdom than you could imagine. Have you seen 80- and 90-year-olds doing Zumba, Tai Chi, yoga, and ballet? Have you seen two 93-year-olds dancing the Lindy… Read More