BDS: Faltering?

Days before the start of its convention in Cleveland next week, the Republican Party made headlines, especially in the Jewish world, when a subcommittee formally proposed platform language that identifies the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel as inherently anti-Semitic. The proposed addendum does other things, including de-emphasizing a two-state solution to the… Read More

Letter Writer’s Ignorance

Dr. Alan Kelman, in his Your Say letter of July 1 (“JT Story Troubling”), is sadly misled and misinformed concerning the tragedy of the Orlando, Fla., shootings. Homosexuality is not, repeat not, a choice as Kelman so ignorantly suggests. One does not wake up one day and decide to “consider” homosexuality. Coming out to one’s… Read More

Bringing Hope, Relief

I saw a rainbow last week. I got caught in one of those fierce summer storms, the kind where the air gets overheated and the skies open up with lightning, thunder and sheets of rain so you can’t see what’s right in front of you. I was driving as the storm ended when I saw… Read More

Trump’s Scary Tweet

References to numerology on why Donald Trump should be the next president aside, I could not believe my eyes when I read Luke Sanders’ Your Say letter of July 8, “Look to Gematria for Trump Endorsement.” Perhaps Sanders was not informed or chose not to be informed about the most significant Trump tweet related to … Read More

For the Good of All Parshat Chukat, Numbers 19:1-22:1

Is it more important to devote oneself to personal, spiritual development or to work for the good of the nation? I  believe that a good argument can be made that commitment to the nation takes priority over commitment to one’s own spiritual needs. And one such source is a Midrash (Shemot Rabbah, 2:80), which links… Read More

Senseless Tragedy

At the time that 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel was senselessly stabbed to death last week as she slept in her Kiryat Arba home, my own 13-year-old daughter was enjoying a sleepaway camp popular among Baltimore girls. Maybe that’s why I, a former oleh who hasn’t lived in Israel since 2011, seem to be more affected… Read More

Sharansky’s Dark Prophecy

Natan Sharansky, the chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, was in Paris last week for a Jewish Agency Board of Governor’s meeting. Many of the lay and professional leaders from around the world who joined him viewed the choice of venue as an opportunity to express solidarity with the Jewish community of Europe in… Read More

The Stew of Demonization

There may be many reasons — none of them justified — why 17-year-old Muhammad Nasser Tarayrah jumped the fence around the Kiryat Arba settlement near Hebron and stabbed to death 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel. But even if it is determined why Tarayrah — who was shot and killed by guards after the attack — murdered… Read More

Look to Gematria for Trump Endorsement

Shlomo Kahn (“Strange Bedfellows,” June 16) zogt emes (speaks the truth). Indeed, from a Jewish standpoint, Donald Trump is the authentic biblical candidate for president. After all, the real estate mogul’s most famous book is the “Art of the Deal.” The  Hebrew word for “deal” (i.e., contractual arrangement) is, of course, brit. The Donald is… Read More

Howard County Federation Keeps Moving Forward

When you look around Howard County, we do not seem like a community in need of philanthropy, in need of financial support. In reality, Howard County is no different than any other community in this country. From where I sit every day, I see people who need support … and the Jewish community turns to… Read More