Bring on the Judges

In order to maintain public confidence in the legal system of a diverse country, those who uphold and enforce the laws must be from equally diverse backgrounds. Before the Civil War, when sectional differences were acute, the Supreme Court was composed of justices who were chosen, in part, to maintain a regional balance. More recently,… Read More

J Street Crosses the Line

Should American groups that support those living in the West Bank lose their tax-exempt status because the support fosters the entrenchment of Israeli settlements and is contrary to formal American policy? Is it even American policy to oppose the settlements? The self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” group J Street says it is and has encouraged the U.S…. Read More

An Insult to Jews

I realize American blacks are often subject to racial abuse and stereotyping, as we Jews have often been.  But that does not excuse the vicious name-calling directed at Israel in the Black Lives Matter platform (“Black Lives Platform Gives Hope, Not Fear,” Sept. 2). Its claim that Israel (with U.S. support) is committing “genocide …… Read More

Take Time to Listen

Being an Israeli should be a privilege not an excuse. Thirty-seven years ago when I made aliya from England at the wonderful age of 22, I was full of hope. Now less, much less. I have no intention of  bemoaning what we’ve lost or failed to achieve. I’m not going to cry over the spilled… Read More

JT Drops the Ball, Part II

Racism? Elitism? Lazy journalism? Why are the white male business owners identified by name in the photo captions of “Wage Dispute” (Aug. 26) while the black and brown men and women who work for them are identified only as “employees”?

JT Drops the Ball, Part I


I am aghast, puzzled, vexed and quite dumbfounded by the glaring omission in the JT’s  “Gene Wilder: ‘One of the Truly Great Talents of Our Time’” (Sept. 2) of his most Jewish movie, 1979’s “The Frisco Kid.” It is renowned for its  classic Kiddush Hashem scene of Wilder’s Polish rabbi’s willingness to sacrifice his life… Read More

Modern-Day Spanish Jewry

In July, my wife, Roberta, and I led a group from Beth Am on an 11-day Mission to Spain, organized by the Conservative Cantors Assembly. Forty cantors from North America went, bringing 300 congregants with us (no other Baltimore groups went). I was personally interested in the mission’s goals: to learn the history of Jews… Read More

A Rabbi Is ‘Lynched’

Twelve years after his death, Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader and arch-terrorist, is still causing Jews grief. This time, we’re relieved to report, no one died. But there’s no doubt that the life of Rabbi Neil Blumofe, senior rabbi of Agudas Achim in Austin, Texas, was badly shaken. And all because he included a visit… Read More

A Setback in Space

The Israeli Amos 6 communications satellite that was destroyed in an explosion on the launch pad last week was reputed to be the country’s most advanced. But what Israel —and the world — lost during the spectacular fire in Cape Canaveral, Fla., was much more than a $200 million piece of equipment. In addition to… Read More

False Accusations

The authors of “Black Lives Platform Gives Hope, Not Fear” (Sept. 2) are quite misguided. They are saddened and pained by the Jewish responses to the M4BL platform and contend that Jewish outrage at the policy platform is dividing the black and Jewish communities and preventing the communities from building relationships. Such a position by… Read More