Hidden Star

Stepping forward one night at choir practice, 11-year-old Talya felt her head spin. When it came to solos, Talya’s voice came out sounding like a mix between a kazoo and a flute. She stood still, blushing. “You can do it,” Talya heard her older sister, Dini, whisper. Dini who was only three years older, seemed… Read More

One Big Conversation

“We are One,” say the United Jewish Appeal campaign signs. A friend and colleague remarks, “Really? Isn’t it God that is ‘One’?” So I wonder, is there a connection between the oneness of God and achdut Yisrael, the unity of the Jewish people? Evidence of our disunity abounds; achdut Yisrael is apparently not descriptive. We… Read More

Prescription Or Description?

A visit to a doctor may turn out with two kinds of statements: descriptions and prescriptions. The medical description is a diagnosis. The prescription might entail following a course of treatment or, for so many of us, being told simply to watch what we eat and exercise more. In a medical setting, we generally find… Read More

From Strength To Strength

Conservative Judaism has always prided itself on being a big tent. There are inherent challenges that go along with this approach, as sometimes trying to be everything to everybody diminishes one’s ability to take a particular stance or to define a specific vision. And yet, our movement’s commitment to the greater klal Yisrael is both… Read More

The Challenge of Being One

There are approximately 14 million Jews in this world, among whom about one million consider themselves Chasidic. The Chasidim are separated into 30 different sects, or dynasties. Three of the most significant dynasties — Satmer, Bobov and Vizhnitz — are split in half. Each one is divided within a family, whose leaders are either brothers… Read More

Uncompromised Commitment

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To grasp the Orthodox perspective on Jewish unity requires an appreciation of two fundamental Orthodox beliefs, one of which challenges our religious unity, the other of which strengthens our national unity. 1. “I believe with a complete belief in the divinity and the immutability of the Torah.” This is a fundamental religious assumption of Orthodox… Read More

Discover The Beauty

How wonderful to read your editorial, “A Seat at the New Year’s Table” (Aug. 23) and to know that now other Jewish organizations are following in the footsteps of The Reform Temple, offering welcoming places to join together in prayer for Rosh Hashanah. Because classical Reform Judaism is no longer available at any synagogue at… Read More

Picking And Choosing

Steve Sklar is going down a slippery slope when he criticizes the Jewish Times for taking advertisements from Maryland Live (“Your Say …” Aug. 23). The JT is a (hopefully) for-profit enterprise that has the right to take advertisements from legal commercial enterprises. Picking and choosing when to use Biblical verses to challenge a commercial… Read More

Why Don’t Jews Like To Pray?

With regard to the article “Why Don’t Jews Like To Pray?” (Aug. 23), I would like to make a few observations: While the article mentions that many Jews don’t believe in God, I find that there is a lack of spirituality in the manner in which services are now presented in most synagogues. I am… Read More

Good Riddance

I just watched a video of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech 50 years ago (“Be Loving To Your Neighbor,” Aug. 23). … It is by far the best speech I have ever heard. His delivery was perfect, his content was perfect, and his message was perfect. I agree with every word he said and am… Read More