True Joy Needn’t Be Hard to Come By

Editor-in-Chief

You don’t need to be a political scientist to recognize that what passes for social discourse nowadays is anything but social. The severity of the invective and the frequency with which it appears can be observed in the corridors of power, can be read in the newspapers — particularly among the letters to the editor… Read More

Michael Oren’s Unilateral Withdrawal

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Michael Oren, the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, recently suggested that if negotiations with the Palestinians fail, Israel should unilaterally withdraw from parts of the West Bank. If the suggestion was a trial balloon, it deserves to be deflated. That approach was partially adopted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview on… Read More

Community Recognizes Youth

Thank you for the wonderful article highlighting how our Jewish community is engaging young adults (“Engagement the Jewish Way,” Feb. 28). Understanding that they represent our Jewish future, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore has made identifying, engaging and empowering young adults one of its priorities. Many of the programs you featured, including Moishe… Read More

Family Narrative

I recently came across an interesting article by Bruce Feiler in The New York Times that referenced a study by Emory University psychologist Marshall P. Duke. What he found, among other things, was that the more children know about their family’s history, the more they feel a sense of control over their lives and the… Read More

Maryland Took Anti-Iran Lead

Regarding the JT’s reporting of AIPAC 2014, readers should know that action dealing with the Islamic Republic of Iran was taken at the state level in 2013 (“Iran Tops Agenda,” March 7). House Bill 877, which I sponsored along with 57 delegates, and Senate Bill 811 make Maryland’s procurement law restrictions automatically consistent with the… Read More

Israel Not the Only Problem at Hadassah

Why are you not reporting on the ongoing financial problems at Hadassah Hospital (“Hadassah’s Woes Continue, Feb. 28)? You are doing a disservice to past, present and future donors by not reporting on the strikes and nonpayment of wages to employees. Blaming it on the Israeli government does a disservice to the owners of the… Read More

A Personal View on Marriage

More than 64 years ago, a Jewish male and a gentile female met (“Intermarriage a Disappointment,” Feb. 7). After spending time together for nearly a year, they really wanted to get married. She made a list of things that should be observed if they could have a happy life together: marriage done by a rabbi;… Read More

Women of the Mall?

Until now, the Women of the Wall were known as a group that has been working for decades in an effort to obtain equal prayer rights for women at Judaism’s holiest site. But last Friday, group members moved from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. They set up a table at the entrance to Tel Aviv’s Carmel… Read More

Todah, Israel. You Surprised Me.

Heart-to-Heart

By: Elizabeth Schuman Everyone asks me about the Heart to Heart mission to Israel. Was it incredible? Did you visit the Wall? How about Tel Aviv? Did you climb Masada? Wasn’t the food the best you’ve ever tasted? Well, yes. Jerusalem and the Wall are breathtaking, with history you can feel, see and touch. Tel… Read More

Boycotts Much Ado About Nothing

A recent news item quotes a Knesset member from the Labor Party as saying that if Israel does not quickly agree to the creation of a Palestinian state, Israel will have “an image as a state worthy to isolate” (“Not Losing Sleep,” Feb. 14). Yet, Gallup’s annual world affairs survey, conducted in February, found that… Read More