Focus On What Makes Us Strong

As a participant in the Union for Reform Judaism’s biennial conference in San Diego, I was quite surprised at the editorial that questioned what was next for the movement (“Lingering Questions For The Reform Movement,” Dec. 20). Rather than reaching out to those of us who were at the conference — there were many from… Read More

New Elections In Beit Shemesh

In a much anticipated decision issued last week, the Jerusalem District Court nullified the October re-election victory of Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbul. To the extent that the judgment represents the repudiation of the heavy-handed and downright illegal tactics employed by those allegedly allied with the haredi-backed mayor, we applaud the decision. Now the voters… Read More

Celebrating Trees

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Tu B’Shevat, the “New Year for trees” that falls on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, occurs in less than two weeks, on Jan. 16. Trees get their own New Year for a very practical reason: There is a Torah prohibition regarding eating the fruit from trees for the first three years…. Read More

Bacon Bits. Really?

I’m a longtime reader who was shocked to see a recipe calling for “real bacon bits” in the pages of the paper I love so much (“Start Your Ovens!” Dec. 13). Although I’m not Orthodox, I find it offensive to suggest to Jewish readers that they use real bacon in their food. Even though a… Read More

A Real-life Solution To The Agunah Problem

I have testified unsuccessfully in Annapolis three times over the past 20 years before committees of the Maryland legislature to urge the enactment of a modified version of the “get bill” that I personally drafted in 1982 at the urging of the late Rabbi Moshe Sherer, chief executive of Agudath Israel of America. The “get… Read More

Hidden Miracles

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The following comes from a classic piece of Torah commentary authored by Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman. Popularly known as Nachmanides, he was born in 1194 in Girona, Spain, and passed away in Israel in 1270. What event in Jewish history should we remember more than any other? Its narrative takes up most of this week’s… Read More

Inclusive Community

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When a family member has a disability, meeting his or her needs and the difficulties that may arise from them can become a focal point for the family. These challenges are often in addition to the ups and downs of typical families and can add a new level of stress and concern to everyday life…. Read More

Mean Mrs. Cohen

“You missed,” Ruthy yelled to Sara, as they played a game of dodgeball in the school courtyard at recess. The sounds of girls giggling and balls bouncing filled the spring air. Ruthy ran after the ball, as it rolled under the porch of an apartment next door. She looked up to see an old lady… Read More

Grammatical Style Not Promising

I note that [JT Editor-in-Chief Joshua Runyan called his] Dec. 20 introductory piece “A Promising Future.” I hope that it is. However, the ending of two phrases with a preposition (“Jewish leaders grapple with” and “a terrific team to work with”) and the annoyingly incorrect use of “hopefully” do not bode well for the quality of… Read More

Aging In Place Safely

Aging in place is a term used by people who work with seniors. It’s a catchy phrase, but what does it really mean? Simply put, aging in place for a senior means being able to live where and how he/she wants in the setting of his/her choosing, safely and independently, and being able to make… Read More