Sad To Say

Allow me to string together three articles that appeared in the Oct. 11 Baltimore Jewish Times. A JTA Wire Service item, “They Love This Stuff,” outlined “the battle over President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law … that led … to a shutdown of the government.” Judaism has a dog in this fight: Halacha regards health… Read More

Look Inside

This week’s Torah portion, Chayei Sarah (the Life of Sarah), includes the following topics: Sarah dies at the age of 120, and Abraham buys a cave that will be the burial spot for them and their descendants. After Sarah’s death, Abraham decides it is time to find the right wife for Isaac. It is an… Read More

Judaism Starts At Birth

As an early childhood educator with many years of experience in the field, I would like to comment and add to what Laurie Legum had to say about helping young children acquire a Jewish identity (“Mommy Musings,” Oct. 11). Children learn from the moment of birth; they cannot verbalize what they learn, but they are… Read More

The Silent Killer

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What is colorless, odorless and extremely dangerous?  The answer is carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas that is also known as the silent killer.  Carbon monoxide is produced by appliances that burn gas, wood, petroleum and other fuels.  When carbon monoxide seeps out in an unventilated room, the outcome can be fatal.  In Baltimore City, there… Read More

Mayor Bloomberg, Jewish Hero?

On Monday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was named as the first recipient of the Genesis Prize. When plans for the prize were first announced, the Genesis idea seemed promising. According to the group’s mission, the prize is designed to “recognize individuals … whose actions … in addition to their achievements, embody the character of… Read More

The Value Of Sanctions On Iran

In the long, frustrating history of dealing with Iran over its nuclear development program, the meetings that took place earlier this month between Iran and the five permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Germany (P5+1) were described as the most serious and candid to date. Those meetings have led to optimism that progress might be… Read More

Getting Technical

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Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Technion’s annual event, which honored outgoing president Beth Perlman and celebrated incoming president John Davison. And while Beth and John are both very impressive people, most impressive is the organization they serve, the American Technion Society. In each speech, some of the incredible work being done… Read More

Unilateral Withdrawal

In response to “Analysis: Our Time To Lead” (Oct. 4): A Palestinian state will eventually be established, but not in the framework of a peace agreement or by negotiations, but rather as a result of a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from the large majority of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel will not object to… Read More

A Tour De Force

In response to “Analysis: Our Time to Lead” (Oct. 4): I take issue with your dismissive commentary about the fourth J Street Conference. The conference was nothing less than a tour de force. Listening to the broad range of speakers — from MKs representing Shas, Likud, Labor, Ha’Tnuah and Meretz to Israeli, Palestinian and American… Read More

We’ve Been Saying It For Years

In your Oct. 4 issue, you wrote an excellent article about the offensive postcard sent to “thousands of residents from Owings Mills to Silver Spring” (“Jewish Christian?!”). I was unaware of this since I did not receive one. As someone who has often been quoted in the JT, it seems that I should say something… Read More