As Jews, We Are One Family

Editorial Director

The last — and only — time I was in Curacao, the tiny Dutch Caribbean island just off the coast of Venezuela, it was as part of a press junket to explore the country’s long Jewish history. (It has the oldest Jewish community in the Americas, and Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, built in 1732, is the… Read More

BJC’s Opposition Offers No Alternative

I read with dismay of the decision by the Baltimore Jewish Council’s executive committee to oppose the agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the Security Council, plus Germany (“Good or Bad?”  July 24). As a rabbi and representative to the BJC, my objections are both substantive and procedural. First, neither I nor… Read More

Time to Fight Back-Stabbing Venture

Where is the communitywide outcry against the Iran deal (“A Time to Act”  July 31)? Where are the local rallies, marches, speeches and programs to shout out how terrible this deal is, as we did with Soviet Jewry? This is not the 1930s. Where is the constant local media attention that should be focused on… Read More

Heritage, Not Hate, Is Behind Flag’s Display

Shame on you, Jodi Zisow. If my Confederate flag offended you (Your Say, July 24), perhaps you could have knocked on my door and engaged me in a conversation. The flag to me, symbolizes heritage. I have studied history my whole life. The focus of my studies has been the Civil War. I celebrate the… Read More

JT Cover Story: Biased Reporting?

Reading your July 31 issue and viewing its cover (“A Time to Act” ) one could only conclude that the bulk of American Jewry agreed with the positions of ZOA and AIPAC and were vigorously opposed to the proposed nuclear deal with Iran. However, that is far from clear. In fact, as reported in The… Read More

All You Need Is Love? Parshat Ekev

“All the world needs is love.” We hear that refrain in our music, in our theologies, in conversations prosaic and profound. While there is no denying the power of love as the essential and irreplaceable core of our lives, there are also other things we need: a home, sustenance (food), and meaningful work — among… Read More

Judaism Renewed

Editorial Director

To this day, most American Jews’ ideas of Jewish life in the “Old Country” of pre-World War II Eastern Europe center around an idyllic kind of shtetl living a la “Fiddler on the Roof” or of the kind of urban, irreligious intellectual elite that called Berlin home. Neither is inherently wrong, but neither is correct…. Read More

‘Victory for National Security’

In the JT’s article “Good or Bad?” (July 24), the BJC’s Cailey Locklair Tolle is right to find the inspections regimen positive.  But she also said: “Right now nothing stops. The centrifuges are still spinning.  Uranium is still being enriched.”  While this might be factually correct, it is extremely misleading, for Iran has agreed to… Read More

Make It an Outlet Mall

There have been a number of ideas kicking around for the last year as to what should become of the empty and failing Owings Mills Mall (Mall Remains Achilles’ Heel,” July 17). I can’t understand why no one has entertained the idea of turning it into an outlet mall such as Arundel Mills — something… Read More

A Disastrous Deal

Shame on you, Stephen Arkan, for your uncivil tone in falsely accusing the Zionist Organization of America of preferring “scapegoats to solutions” (Your Say, July 17). Your comments relate to my July 10 Your Say letter (“Oren’s Words Are a Wake-Up Call”) in which I discuss former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s heartfelt analysis of the… Read More