Sustaining Spring Showers: Dayenu

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I’m sure that few will lament the bitter cold winter leaving us as we enter spring  and, with it, the resurgence of life. March definitely has come in like a lion but hopefully will leave like a lamb, giving way to the more mild showers of April. Rain enables the rebirth of vegetation after winter… Read More

Hadassah Steps Up

In response to Ken Birnbaum (Your Say, March 14) concerning Hadassah Hospitals, Hadassah has been as transparent as possible by creating a website, hadassah.org/hmoupdate, to keep everyone apprised of what is happening at our hospitals. The page contains links to question-and-answer pages, daily updates and articles that make it clear to all of our members… Read More

Israel: Bastion Of Freedom

Concerning Miles Hoenig’s letter (Your Say, March 7) that supports the boycott of Israel’s universities and colleges, targeting any learning institution is wrong and should never be considered in any way, shape or form. But targeting Israel, the only true democracy in the Middle East, smacks of racism and anti-Semitism. Israel is a shining bastion… Read More

Jordan: Vital As Buffer

While the loss of the monarchy in Jordan would be a national disaster for that nation (“A Kingdom Too Weak To Let Fail,” March 7), it has even more serious implications for Israel and U.S. Mideast policy. Jordan has served as a buffer between the now satellite of Iran, namely Iraq, and Israel, preventing Iran… Read More

Two-States Not Best Option

The March 14 editorial (“Michael Oren’s Unilateral Withdrawal”) aptly points out that unilateral action is not a viable substitute for direct negot- iations. On the other hand, the JTprejudges the outcome of negotiations by stating, “The two-state solution is the best Zionist option.” The two-state solution is not the best Zionist option by a long shot. At the… Read More

Beit Shemesh has spoken

In last week’s mayoral election in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh, incumbent Moshe Abutbul appears to have been returned to office fair and square. That wasn’t the case last fall, when the results of an earlier election went in Abutbul’s favor, only to be overturned due to voter fraud. While it appears that the… Read More

Love and Inclusivity

This weekend is packed with mitzvahs. On Shabbos, we read Parshat Tzav and Parshat Zachor. On Saturday night, we read Megilat Esther and then again on Sunday, together with all the other mitzvahs of Purim — gifts to friends, charity to the poor and a Purim banquet. There’s a wonderful theme running through all of… Read More

Mistaken Misrepresentations

Ada Grodzinsky deliberately misrepresents the contents of my letter (“Letter Presents Flawed Reading of History,” March 7; “Why the Need for a Nation-State?” Feb. 21). I did not address, let alone question, the nature of Jewry’s connection to the soil of Israel but simply pointed out the lack of any traditional or firm Judaic foundation… Read More

Does it Fit Our Democracy?

Freedom is every American citizen’s fundamental right. The most important part of an individual’s freedom is to be able to walk safely and freely on the streets of his or her own town. Back in the Soviet Union, the dictatorship took away the freedom, and sometimes lives, of its citizens. For those like myself who… Read More

Engagement Not Just a Question for Youth

The JT successfully highlighted the wealth of engagement opportunities available for Baltimore’s young Jewish adults (“Engagement the Jewish Way,” Feb. 28). I wanted to point out that as those young adults become couples and families, our community continues to provide Jewish experiences aimed at bringing specific interest groups together with a variety of programs. The… Read More