The Cost of Kosher

After reading “Kosher Kush” (Nov. 20), I must admit that the entire  concept of kosher marijuana fascinates me. I’m certainly not an expert on kashrut or what would or would not make cannabis kosher in any form. But I am certain that it will most likely cost twice as much as its treyf counterpart.

The Ills of Animal Products

As president emeritus of JewishVeg (forerly Jewish Vegetarians of North America, JVNA), I was very pleased with the JT’s “Vegging Out,” (Nov. 27) To reinforce its message, I believe  respectfully that Jews should consider how the production and consumption of meat and other animal products  violate basic Jewish mandates to  preserve human health, treat animals… Read More

The Distance Between Heaven and Earth Parshat Miketz

The festival of Chanukah celebrates the military victory of the Judeans over the Hellenist  Syrians in the second century B.C.E., as recorded in the Al Hanissim thanksgiving prayer added to our daily prayers and Grace after Meals for the eight days of the holiday. The festival also celebrates the ideological victory of Judaism over Greek… Read More

To Live as a Jew

It’s not often that you, dear readers, get a sneak peek into the operations of the JT, so here it goes: The morning we went to press, Daniel Schere, who wrote this week’s cover story on the work of Maryland Jews in the nascent medical marijuana industry, suggested a catchier headline: “High for the Holidays.”… Read More

Iran’s Effort to Build a Bomb

Throughout its negotiations over an agreement to restrict its nuclear development program in exchange for economic sanctions relief, Iran insisted that its historic nuclear activities were for peaceful purposes only. Some may have taken the Iranians at their word, but at the time it would have been naïve to assume that a regime that sponsored… Read More

Practice Positive Pessimism and Partner with God Parshat Vayeishev

Most of us have grown up with the power of positive thinking. We’ve been warned about negative outlooks and what popular psychologists call “catastrophizing.” To have a successful outcome when facing a problem, we’re told that we need to avoid the bad and focus on the good. But there is another point of view. The… Read More

Mindfulness While Practicing Yoga

One current buzzword in academia is “cultural appropriation,” which has been defined as “taking an element from a disenfranchised group and turning it into a commodity or entertainment.” Think, the Washington Redskins’ name and mascot. Being sensitive to others in an increasingly inclusive society is generally a commendable thing. The laboratory for this social change… Read More

Countering BDS at the Ex-Im Bank

The Export-Import Bank of the United States is the country’s official export credit agency. It is an independent, self-sustaining agency of the U.S. government, with the mission to support American jobs through the facilitation of the export of American goods and services by providing financing tools for U.S. companies to compete for global sales. The… Read More

Stein’s a Mensch; Stop the Attacks

I allow I have no vested interest, other than my appreciation of open space, concerning the proposal for the Chabad synagogue off Stevenson Road (“Associated Official’s Email Ignites Concern in Chabad Case,” Nov. 20). However, I am concerned about the charged, inflammatory rhetoric and what seems to me a misguided ad hominem attack upon a… Read More

North Oaks Is Indeed a Jewel

Thank you for your article on North Oaks (“Pikesville’s Jewel,” Nov. 20). As the family members of residents of that community, we cannot sing its praises loudly enough. Our parents not only live in a beautiful apartment, on a lovely property, in the midst of a Jewish atmosphere, but they are extremely well served by… Read More