What Is A Miracle?

Today is Chanukah. The holiday we know today first took place around 200 B.C.E. in Judea or what is known today as Israel. Antiochus III, Greek king of Syria, took over Judea and was fair to the Jews, allowing them to follow their traditions and their beliefs. But when his son, Antiochus IV, took over,… Read More

A Questionable Agreement

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The deal reached Sunday between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) does not remove Iran’s nuclear threat. But it does relieve some of the economic sanctions that brought Iran to the negotiating table in the first place. As such, the agreement may pave the way for a… Read More

Thanksgivukkah: Abe Lincoln the Maccabee

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I have fond childhood memories of Thanksgiving. I can’t quite remember what was on the annual menu, but I do remember the feelings of familial warmth and cohesion. In the midst of the manic pace of life, the last Thursday in November offered us the opportunity to catch up and enjoy each other’s company. I… Read More

David vs. Goliath

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We all grew up with the biblical story of David and Goliath. Of all the various stories from the Bible, as a child it was the one I would read over and over again. The story of the young boy defeating — against all odds — the massive giant is a lesson we adults apply… Read More

Light In The Darkness

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Twenty-four hours in Jewish Baltimore. The staff at the JT decided last week to take a day — one day — to drive around Jewish Baltimore and meet the Jews of Charm City. I was assigned the 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. shift, and it’s amazing the light you can find in the darkness. I… Read More

Beth El Women Attend Ethiopian Women’s Cooking Workshop in Ashkelon

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By: Nancy Gertner Note: Nancy Gertner traveled to Israel last month with a group of women from her synagogue, Beth El Congregation. She shares her insight from a day spent in Ashkelon, Baltimore’s sister city. There is little question that a highlight of any trip to Israel is its large and bountiful breakfast. This can… Read More

Learning From Dreams

The name of this week’s Torah portion is Vayeshev, which is in the Book of Genesis. It is a continuation of the story of Joseph. In Vayeshev, Joseph is now in Egypt. Sadly, at this point in the story, Joseph is in prison, where he encounters two new prisoners. One is Pharaoh’s cup bearer and… Read More

Worried For Funerals

I am writing to express my deep concern about the $1.4 billion merger of the largest and second-largest funeral services companies in the U.S., Service Corporation International (SCI) and Stewart Enterprises, Inc. If this merger takes place, some of my constituents in the Washington, D.C. area could see an overwhelming increase in standard funeral costs…. Read More

Nice Work!

My family was the subject of a recent article in the Baltimore Jewish Times (“Seriously?” Oct. 10). Amy Landsman did a story about hosting a vegan bar mitzvah. I wanted to let the JT know that we think she did a great job both in researching and telling our story. I’ve been interviewed before by… Read More

Send Stamps

Thank you for sharing the story of the Six Million Stamp Project by students at Mount Hebron High School, who are trying to comprehend the Holocaust and the meaning of six million deaths (“Stamping Out Intolerance,” Nov. 1). My synagogue, Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah, is collecting used postage stamps for them to aid in their… Read More