Mixed Reactions To U.S. Snooping

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When American-born Ron Dermer was appointed Israel’s top diplomat to the United States, it was widely seen as a move by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to place his most trusted confidante in the capital city most capable of influencing the Jewish state’s No. 1 existential threat. Accounts at the time claimed that Dermer, who grew… Read More

Finding Flavor

I loved the Dec. 20 issue of the JT. After reading Eli Schlossberg’s article, “Jewish Food: What’s the Next Big Thing?” I was reminded of an interesting cookbook, “The World of Jewish Cooking” by Gil Marks. The author uses pictures and the history of each food to give “flavor” to our ancestors’ dishes. Lynne Selznick… Read More

Not A Joking Matter

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Something quite astounding happened at a recent gig with Humanoise, the Baltimore-based band in which I play lead guitar. We were at Frazier’s on the Avenue in Hampden, set to go on a little after 11 p.m. When a group of people in green shirts on a pub crawl asked us if they could sing… Read More

It Just Might Take A Miracle

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As the staff of the Baltimore Jewish Times furiously put the finishing touches on last week’s edition — the realities of a midweek civil holiday pushed up our printing deadlines — a bomb ripped apart a public bus in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam. We ran nothing about the attack that week; there… Read More

Etz Chaim Gets Down

Thank you for the stunning and genuine portrayal of the Etz Chaim Center (“Tree of Life,” Nov. 29). We love what we do, and we’re so proud and happy to let people know that Jewish hearts everywhere are being touched. Just as the article was going to print we had an epic event that I… Read More

Focus On What Makes Us Strong

As a participant in the Union for Reform Judaism’s biennial conference in San Diego, I was quite surprised at the editorial that questioned what was next for the movement (“Lingering Questions For The Reform Movement,” Dec. 20). Rather than reaching out to those of us who were at the conference — there were many from… Read More

New Elections In Beit Shemesh

In a much anticipated decision issued last week, the Jerusalem District Court nullified the October re-election victory of Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbul. To the extent that the judgment represents the repudiation of the heavy-handed and downright illegal tactics employed by those allegedly allied with the haredi-backed mayor, we applaud the decision. Now the voters… Read More

Celebrating Trees

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Tu B’Shevat, the “New Year for trees” that falls on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, occurs in less than two weeks, on Jan. 16. Trees get their own New Year for a very practical reason: There is a Torah prohibition regarding eating the fruit from trees for the first three years…. Read More

Bacon Bits. Really?

I’m a longtime reader who was shocked to see a recipe calling for “real bacon bits” in the pages of the paper I love so much (“Start Your Ovens!” Dec. 13). Although I’m not Orthodox, I find it offensive to suggest to Jewish readers that they use real bacon in their food. Even though a… Read More

A Real-life Solution To The Agunah Problem

I have testified unsuccessfully in Annapolis three times over the past 20 years before committees of the Maryland legislature to urge the enactment of a modified version of the “get bill” that I personally drafted in 1982 at the urging of the late Rabbi Moshe Sherer, chief executive of Agudath Israel of America. The “get… Read More