Uplifting Our City

When Mayor Catherine Pugh spoke to the more than 350 community members at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation’s annual meeting on June 21, she spoke about the potential of the Park Heights community, parts of which have fallen into neglect. As you’ll read in Justin Silberman’s story this week, the mayor talked about investing in… Read More

Israel’s Government Crashes into the Wall

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not our elected leader. The government of Israel is not our elected government. But, as members of the Jewish people, the Land of Israel is our ancestral birthplace, and its holy places are our holy places. And a deal is a deal. By virtue of our birthright, we have… Read More

Peace in the Center

Last week, Democrat Jon Ossoff lost his bid to become a congressman in a race for the seat that was once occupied by Republican Newt Gingrich during his rise to the speakership of the House of Representatives. In the 1990s, Gingrich’s attention-grabbing tactics, political disruptions and personal peccadillos were viewed as edgy. By today’s standards,… Read More

Moses’ Blind Eye Parshat Chukat

Moses entered the stage of Jewish history by heroically striking an Egyptian taskmaster who was beating an Israelite slave (Ex. 2:11-12). In contrast, his unfortunate striking of a rock in this week’s biblical portion of Chukat precipitated his exit from the stage of Jewish history. His first act of striking was done out of love… Read More

Tzimtzum: How We Strengthen One Another

Years ago, a boss of mine assembled a large group of employees and challenged us with one sentence made up of 10 two-letter words: “If it is to be, it is up to me.” To be sure, I fully appreciate the role and responsibility we have as individual contributors. But I never really have been… Read More

Sacred Responsibility

Every June as I look around our community, I am inspired by the many graduates, decked out in caps and gowns, celebrating their accomplishments with their loved ones. For many, it’s the end of a journey they began when they were preschoolers and took their initial steps toward independence. Now, these young men and women… Read More

Fighting Back on Campus

  With regard to the JT’s “What about Self-Defense” (June 9), many of our colleges have become bastions of radicalism. Students and faculty who do not actively support the radicalism du jour are intimidated into silence. Faculty members may be in danger of being forced out by outrageous student demands, which are endorsed by many… Read More


The JT’s June 23 poll question — “Do you think Jared Kushner’s Middle East trip will have an impact on the peace process?” — left me absolutely amazed. It is actually meaningless. Of course, he will. The real question deals with the quality of his impact, i.e., will it be a positive effect or a… Read More

A Matter of Transparency

Numerous “American friends of” organizations exist in the Jewish communal firmament to help direct funds to worthy causes in Israel. That’s what most people thought was the case with an organization known as Aish International — it was generally assumed to be the American fundraising arm of Jerusalem-based Aish HaTorah, the haredi Orthodox outreach group… Read More

A Call for Thoughtful Dialogue

The human capacity to devise new ways to disrupt, terrorize, injure and kill appears limitless. And so it was on June 14 that James T. Hodgkinson, armed with a semiautomatic rifle, turned the congressional Republican team’s practice for the next day’s baseball game for charity into a bloodbath. Hodgkinson, who was shot and killed by… Read More