Two-States Not Best Option

The March 14 editorial (“Michael Oren’s Unilateral Withdrawal”) aptly points out that unilateral action is not a viable substitute for direct negot- iations. On the other hand, the JTprejudges the outcome of negotiations by stating, “The two-state solution is the best Zionist option.” The two-state solution is not the best Zionist option by a long shot. At the… Read More

Beit Shemesh has spoken

In last week’s mayoral election in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh, incumbent Moshe Abutbul appears to have been returned to office fair and square. That wasn’t the case last fall, when the results of an earlier election went in Abutbul’s favor, only to be overturned due to voter fraud. While it appears that the… Read More

Love and Inclusivity

This weekend is packed with mitzvahs. On Shabbos, we read Parshat Tzav and Parshat Zachor. On Saturday night, we read Megilat Esther and then again on Sunday, together with all the other mitzvahs of Purim — gifts to friends, charity to the poor and a Purim banquet. There’s a wonderful theme running through all of… Read More

Mistaken Misrepresentations

Ada Grodzinsky deliberately misrepresents the contents of my letter (“Letter Presents Flawed Reading of History,” March 7; “Why the Need for a Nation-State?” Feb. 21). I did not address, let alone question, the nature of Jewry’s connection to the soil of Israel but simply pointed out the lack of any traditional or firm Judaic foundation… Read More

Does it Fit Our Democracy?

Freedom is every American citizen’s fundamental right. The most important part of an individual’s freedom is to be able to walk safely and freely on the streets of his or her own town. Back in the Soviet Union, the dictatorship took away the freedom, and sometimes lives, of its citizens. For those like myself who… Read More

Engagement Not Just a Question for Youth

The JT successfully highlighted the wealth of engagement opportunities available for Baltimore’s young Jewish adults (“Engagement the Jewish Way,” Feb. 28). I wanted to point out that as those young adults become couples and families, our community continues to provide Jewish experiences aimed at bringing specific interest groups together with a variety of programs. The… Read More

True Joy Needn’t Be Hard to Come By

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You don’t need to be a political scientist to recognize that what passes for social discourse nowadays is anything but social. The severity of the invective and the frequency with which it appears can be observed in the corridors of power, can be read in the newspapers — particularly among the letters to the editor… Read More

Michael Oren’s Unilateral Withdrawal

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Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, recently suggested that if negotiations with the Palestinians fail, Israel should unilaterally withdraw from parts of the West Bank. If the suggestion was a trial balloon, it deserves to be deflated. That approach was partially adopted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview on… Read More

Community Recognizes Youth

Thank you for the wonderful article highlighting how our Jewish community is engaging young adults (“Engagement the Jewish Way,” Feb. 28). Understanding that they represent our Jewish future, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore has made identifying, engaging and empowering young adults one of its priorities. Many of the programs you featured, including Moishe… Read More

Family Narrative

I recently came across an interesting article by Bruce Feiler in The New York Times that referenced a study by Emory University psychologist Marshall P. Duke. What he found, among other things, was that the more children know about their family’s history, the more they feel a sense of control over their lives and the… Read More