Life’s Meaning

I don’t know the exact meaning of life or why we are here, but I like to think there is some purpose for our existence. Collective knowledge and experience transform us into the people we are. As Jews, we are taught that we have a common bond of history, fate and faith. And as the… Read More

My Message to the Man Who Attacked Me

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On a sunny morning last month, I was swept into the women’s section of the Western Wall in Jerusalem in a flurry of aggression directed at the Women of the Wall, the Israeli group fighting for women’s prayer at Jerusalem’s holiest site. One of the group’s male supporters, Charlie Kalech, was strangled and thrown to… Read More

The Freundel Sentence

Was justice served in the 61/2-year sentence Rabbi Barry Freundel received last week? In handing down the sentence, D.C. Superior Court Senior Judge Geoffrey Alprin told the former rabbi of Kesher Israel: “You repeatedly and secretly violated the trust your victims had in you, and you abused your power.” The sentence — about six weeks… Read More

It’s About the Funding

Eight riders were killed and more than 200 injured in last week’s Amtrak crash.
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Investigators are still determining the cause of the Amtrak crash that took eight lives and injured more than 200 riders of the northbound train in Philadelphia on May 12. But when asked whether Congress shared the blame because it underfunds the rail system, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) shot back: “Are you really going to… Read More

Staying on the Rails

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The day after the seven cars of Amtrak’s Northeast Regional Train 188 spilled off the tracks in Philadelphia, NPR’s “Morning Edition” introduced a segment on the disaster by noting that where the train derailed, as well as such cities as Washington, D.C., and our own Baltimore, are all really just suburbs of New York. That… Read More

Importance of Heritage Parshat Behar-Bechukotai

This week’s parshah is a double portion, beginning first with Behar. It describes the Jubilee, a time every 50 years when property owners return to their leased land and, in turn, get it back. Some explanations for this law are that it was for economic fairness and for wealth being returned to those in need…. Read More

Keep SNAP!

I am outraged that some in Congress continue their assault on our neighbors struggling with poverty (“The Changing Face of Poverty,” March 27). When Congress finalizes its budget blueprint, this could make poverty and inequality worse. To help pay for new costly tax breaks for businesses and wealthy individuals, the House proposal cuts to the… Read More

Are You Kidding Me?

How did a delegation from Chabad-Lubavitch get to be invited to the Oval Office to receive a citation from President Barack Obama honoring the life of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson (“White House Honors Lubavitcher,” May 1)? The delegation presented a menorah with an inscription that read, “Mr. President, you represent … dedication and service to… Read More

Proud to Protest

Thank you for covering the march on May 1 organized by Bmore United for Change of which Jews United for Justice is a proud ally (“Protests and Peace,” May 8). JUFJ’s participation was the largest progressive Jewish demonstration in Baltimore that we’ve experienced as longtime members of both the Jewish and activist worlds here. We… Read More

Not Happy with New Format

I would like to voice my strong displeasure with the new daily obituary email format. It is inconvenient, aggravating and time-consuming, not to mention the potential for added expense to readers who will be using up data allowance by having to log on to the Internet in order to view the information. Please reconsider, and… Read More