We Need Help

I am writing to you because I have been aware of Elsa Newman’s story for a long time (“Judaism Behind Bars,” Oct. 25).  I am involved with Mothers of Lost Children and have been actively seeking justice for Elsa and the other mothers who have lost custody of children they are trying to protect. I… Read More

Magic In Morocco … This May

I read with great interest Mayan Jaffe’s piece, “Magic In Morocco” (Dec. 6). Although going to Israel is a great way to learn about Moroccan Jewish culture, since almost a million Israelis are of Moroccan descent, there is no better way to learn than to go to the source. It is for that reason that… Read More

Are Jews From India?

I am about to publish my new book, “From Neanderthal to Moses: The World Before Religion, War & Inequality.” This brief history of humanity looks at our origins from the beginning and follows a cognitive development course of history. In other words, it begins by asking the question, “How do we learn?” Not how do… Read More

Inspiring Community

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At this time of year, fundraisers are extra busy encouraging people to make their contributions before Dec. 31. It adds an additional layer of hustle and bustle to a role that is already somewhat challenging. But, when you are a fundraiser — either as a professional or a volunteer — and you believe very deeply… Read More

Keeping Kosher Competitive

Competition is a good thing, right? That question always comes up when the subject being discussed is competing kosher businesses in what is often a small market. And that question is going to be asked quite a bit in Baltimore with the news that Seasons, a New York-based kosher supermarket chain, plans to open in… Read More

Lingering Questions For The Reform Movement

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At the Reform movement’s biennial gathering in San Diego last week, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ), came out swinging. In his keynote address to some 5,000 participants, he called for his movement to offer a welcome to the unaffiliated so inclusive that he termed it “audacious hospitality.” Reform must… Read More

Challenging God

My bar mitzvah parsha is Shemot. Shemot is an action-packed parsha. Moses is rescued from the Nile as a baby. Then, he kills an Egyptian taskmaster. God appears to Moses through ancient Skype, a burning bush. Moses is called on by God to speak to Pharaoh on behalf of the slaves. From all of these… Read More

A Promising Future

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For the first time in eight years, I had to scrape snow and ice off the windshield of my car. I realize that you, dear readers, are probably snickering by this point. I mean, after all, you deal with this kind of thing every winter, year in and year out. And by all standards, what… Read More

Bedouin Relocation: Unjust and Unnecessary

As a rabbi and a Jewish community leader who cares deeply for Israel and its people, I have a moral obligation to speak out against an Israeli government plan to forcibly relocate and resettle 30,000 to 40,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel because they are a non-Jewish minority. Bedouin communities trace their historical connection to the… Read More

An Alternative To Peace?

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The current round of Israel-Palestinian peace negotiations, restarted in July by Secretary of State John Kerry, is at the halfway point of an agreed-upon nine-month timetable. While it is unclear whether the parties have made any real progress in their negotiations, it is clear that the complaints and finger pointing from the Israelis and Palestinians… Read More