Opinion

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Parshat Shemini
BY Rabbi Craig Axler
March 20, 2014

Among the events recorded in this week’s Torah portion is the initiation of sacrifice, the first communal worship of the ancient Israelites wandering in the wilderness. Having been prepared both in procedure and in all the necessary elements, Aaron and his sons are consecrated as kohanim — priests — with the offering of the first CONTINUE »

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BY Joshua Runyan
March 20, 2014

You certainly don’t need to be reminded, but there’s nothing like spending Purim in Baltimore. As if last week’s pre-holiday carnivals weren’t enough, entire streets became parking lots on Sunday, bumper-to-bumper traffic competing with costumed revelers in the race to deliver precious shlach manot to neighbors and friends. The scene was one of tremendous unity, CONTINUE »

March 20, 2014

In truth, it is Ada Grodzinsky’s knowledge of Jewish history (Your Say, March 7) rather than Stanleigh Cohen’s (Your Say, March 14) that is erroneous, both conceptually and factually. Grodzinsky insists, “It adds insult to injury to say that any place (other than the land of Israel) will do” as a Jewish abode. That would be gobsmacking news to any CONTINUE »

March 20, 2014

Being only 5 feet tall is pretty overwhelming when you walk around and are constantly being towered over. Often, you’re not heard or listened to because you are just so short. But standing in a room of more than 14,000 pro-Israel activists is beyond overwhelming. It is stunning, mind-boggling and absolutely amazing that I am CONTINUE »

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March 20, 2014

Will Israeli-Palestinian peace come down to whether the Palestinians will acknowledge that Israel is “a Jewish state”? And if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas doesn’t say those three little words, will we see the current negotiations end without a resolution? In his defense, Abbas says that he recognizes Israel; that his predecessor, Yassir Ara-fat, already recognized CONTINUE »