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

Listen to Michael Oren

As a noted historian and a member of the Knesset, the views of Michael Oren should have considerable weight (“It’s Time to Stop Demonizing Michael Oren,” July 10). His accurate description of the interaction between President Barack Obama and the leaders of Israel, which have been detrimental to U. S.-Israeli relations, discloses the arrogance of… Read More

What Are Synagogue’s Motives?

This letter is in response to the unenlightened claims by Janet Abramowitz (Your Say, July 17) about the community’s motivations for opposing the proposed synagogue on Stevenson Road. The synagogue proposing a building on Stevenson Road is tasked with convincing Baltimore County that the development meets the intent and general welfare of the neighborhood. Their… Read More

Israel: Always Alone, Always Excluded

Rarely do remarks on polarizing topics open people’s minds these days, as our nation becomes ever more divided along political fault lines. Yet this month, Rabbi Moshe Hauer connected with nearly 2,000 people who gathered at Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion, an Orthodox synagogue in the heart of Baltimore’s Jewish Community. He reached people intellectually and… Read More

The Iran Deal’s Many Dangers

Abraham H. Foxman is the former national 
director of the Anti-Defamation League.

My long tenure as national director of the Anti-Defamation League is at an end. It has been a highly satisfactory and meaningful 28 years as director and 50 years as a professional at this prestigious organization. So why did I choose to write an article on my last day? It is the same imperative that… Read More

A Poll for Everyone

As in any political campaign, Jewish supporters and opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement are promoting the results of opinion polls to support their position. But how reliable are those polls? And why is it that polling results on the same issue are so dramatically different? One poll, conducted by the liberal group J Street,… Read More

What’s Next for Pollard?

Israelis call for the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard during President Barack Obama’s visit to Jerusalem in 2013.

Thirty years after he was arrested outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, former Navy analyst Jonathan Pollard is expected to be paroled from a federal prison in North Carolina on Nov. 20. The day of his release may prove to be Pollard’s Rip Van Winkle moment. Although the convicted spy for Israel has not been… Read More

Answering Unanswered Prayers Parshat Va’etchanan

Did you ever really pray for something you wanted? I mean, really fervently, desperately pray hard for something that was vitally important to you? If you did, and I think we all pray this way at moments of urgency, you violated an anonymous piece of wisdom: “Be careful what you pray for, because you just… Read More

Standing Up for the Little Guy

Unlike most entertainers, even the political ones, activism was very much a part of Theodore Bikel’s everyday life. So was his Jewishness and his love of Israel. He was an activist with a commitment to social justice. Whether it was an insistence that benefit shows be a part of his performance contracts, publicly protesting Chicago… Read More

Signs of Frustration

An EU recommendation played havoc with  Israel’s stock market.

A European Union think tank last week recommended that the EU restrict its dealings with Israeli banks in order to differentiate Europe’s relations with Israel from that of the settlements. While the Israeli foreign ministry played down the recommendation and the EU quickly clarified that it had “no intention of imposing restrictions on Israeli banks… Read More