A Matter of Survival

Editorial Director

Not since the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 has the threat of homegrown terrorism been so real to so many Americans. In the years since, Islamist radicals, albeit foreign-born, have proven their ability to wreak havoc on American soil, while just last month a White House conference… Read More

Wiesel No Icon, Part I

Like former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, memoirist and Holocaust performance artist Elie Wiesel is a one-trick pony. In the case of the former, the forte is municipal crisis management; the latter, the legacy of the Shoah. But Giuliani no more owns 9/11 than Wiesel does the Shoah. And when they venture outside their… Read More

Wiesel No Icon, Part II

It has to be said, and if no one else seems willing to do so, let it be me: “Icon” Elie Wiesel is one of the few individuals of whom it can be stated without the slightest fear of contradiction that he personally, professionally and financially profited from the Holocaust (“Icon Makes Political Statement,” Feb…. Read More

Obama, Take Notice

Contrary to President Barak Obama’s understanding, there was something very new in Benjamin Netanyahu’s address before Congress: honesty, strength, remarkable courage, overwhelming love for his country and an iron determination to defend it (“Pulling No Punches,” March 6). Pray for such a man for our own country.

Hamantaschen: Made from Scratch

What is this “change of pace” with new flavors for hamantaschen (“Change of Pace,” Feb. 27)? Is this because we are tired of eating homemade hamantaschen all year? My mother did not have white chocolate chips, espresso or Nutella in her pantry. She simply prepared her made-from-scratch poppy-seed filling in one bowl, placed the filling… Read More

God’s Punishment

For American Jews who believe in Divine Providence, the message — i.e., the timing — of the unusual Purim (March 5) snowfall in the Baltimore-Washington area is transparent. It was heavenly punishment for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meretricious and overweening address to the U.S. Congress (“Pulling No Punches,” March 6). Put another way, one… Read More

Together as One, Forever United

“Together as one, forever united.”The importance of these words has recently, in the face of constant anti-Semitism, stood out to the global Jewish community. During Presidents Day weekend, more than 2,000 Jewish teens from around the world gathered in Atlanta for BBYO’s annual International Convention to demonstrate how, when taken to heart, these words have… Read More

Obama’s Failed Foreign Policy

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Rarely has a speech given by a foreign international leader received such a voluminous ocean of words, warnings and dire consequences as that given to ally and friend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. He is only the second leader — the first was the late British Prime Minister Winston Churchill — to have addressed… Read More

Good Deeds, Great Results

Who benefits from Good Deeds Day, the day of community volunteering that will take place in Baltimore and around the Jewish world on Sunday? Certainly the residents of the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital who have a playdate with toddler volunteers. So will the Oliver Neighborhood in East Baltimore, when volunteers arrive for an… Read More

Answering Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 
addresses the AIPAC policy conference a day before his controversial speech to Congress on March 3.

Now that some of the political dust has settled over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress last week, we join those who have tried to focus on what Netanyahu actually said and whether the issues he raised should impact Washington’s continuing negotiations with Iran. Although the headlines regarding the speech focused on Iran’s… Read More