That Is Kosher To Me

Regarding “The Kosher Machine” (Aug. 9): I come from a kosher, OU upbringing, having lived in Florida, Boston, New York and now here in Baltimore. … I do not run a restaurant or cater or have any family connection to the kashrut industry. But I watch [here in Baltimore] and see how [this hashgacha] …… Read More

The West Just Doesn’t Get It

Regarding the many articles the JT has run on issues in the Arab world, most recently “Another Syria?” (Aug. 23): While the so-called reforms in Tunisia, the hopeful beginnings of what were understood to be the Arab Spring, withers into a conspiracy of failure, unrest and ongoing intrafratricidal self-destruction, and Syria degenerates into a who’s… Read More

House-Proofing Against Falls

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Jewish Holiday celebrations offer us the opportunity to reconnect with loved ones. For many, this means opening our homes to family members, many of whom are older. One false step down a staircase or in the shower has the potential to change the life of an elderly person forever. Falls are the leading cause of… Read More

Is Jewish Education Jewish?

When I enrolled my first child in Jewish day school almost 20 years ago, I was enthralled with the prospect that he would be educated “Jewishly.” I imagined that the wisdom of the Torah would illuminate his mind through a Judaic curriculum of Jewish history and Torah subjects. I believed that Jewish schools would reflect… Read More

Be An Innovator

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Back in the early 1950s, a large shoe consortium with stores across the U.S. and Canada decided to take its business venture into the emerging continent of Africa. They sent two of their salesmen there. After just one week, they received a cable from the first salesman, “I am returning at once. No hope for… Read More

What’s Your New Year’s Eco-Footprint?

Shifting gears out of summer mode is extra challenging this year due to the early arrival of the High Holy Days. As such, many of us will be looking for shortcuts to ease the scheduling mayhem.  But these shortcuts don’t need to come at the expense of our pocketbooks or the environment. Making mindful choices… Read More

Do Not Sit In Judgment

In just a few days, voters in New York City will decide a primary election for the positions of comptroller and mayor. Prominent Jewish candidates are running for both offices, but they are not the sort of Jewish candidates most of us in the Jewishcommunity would wish were running for public office. Each has won… Read More

Hamas’ Sudden Vulnerability

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The chaotic changes in the Middle East have had at least one positive result at the moment: the weakening of Hamas, the terrorist organization that rules the Gaza Strip. Because of alignment decisions made by the Islamist group in both Egypt and Syria, Hamas has emerged as a big loser. (See related story, “The Mideast… Read More

Do Jews Need A White House Liaison?

When Matt Nosanchuk was appointed associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement for Jewish Outreach last month, the former defense department staffer became the fourth in a series of President Obama’s “Jewish liaisons.” It is a role that goes back officially or unofficially to FDR and Harry Truman. The Jewish liaison is… Read More

In 5774 …

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A New Year is a new beginning. As I prepared and edited the local Year In Review (see page 48), it was nostalgic to think about the big stories that broke this past year and affected our community — some positive, some challenging. Jewish Community Center President Louis “Buddy” Sapolsky retired. Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community… Read More