Be Aware of Differences

In reference to the article regarding the new mosque on Park Heights Avenue (“Coming Together,” Jan. 31), I think it is great that we welcome them. Ultimately, it is not our business who our neighbors are as long as we treat each other with respect. We should be aware that the Ahmadi group, the sect… Read More

No More Tears

I applaud Hannah Heller’s recent letter to the editor (“Stores Are Replaceable!” Jan. 31) regarding the article concerning the closing of Loehmann’s. As Robert Alan Zimmerman, better known as Bob Dylan, once sang, “Now’s not the time for your tears.” Gary Kenneth Bass Baltimore

Bureaucrat an Unfair Judge

In reference to Itamar Tubul, who acts as judge, jury and executioner on who can marry in Israel (“Israeli Bureaucrat Decides Who Can Marry in the Jewish State,” Jan. 17), my question is, Who died and made him G-d to decide who can be married? I am sure that there are letters people are bringing… Read More

Harmony Not the Issue

I don’t believe I am intolerant, nor those Orthodox women who do not wear tefillin (“Searching for Harmony,” Jan. 31). It is a painful subject that should not be dealt with in a flippant manner. If only harmony was the issue, and if only you had dealt with it seriously. Rabbi Yitzchok Lowenbraun National Director,… Read More

Labels Are for Jackets

I enjoyed your article on the question of internal divisions in the movements and not judging a book by its cover (“Searching for Harmony,” Jan. 31). As I was hosting the first-ever AIPAC event in Howard County, Rabbi Morris Zimbalist — a JTS-ordained rabbi working for AIPAC — and I stood with my very close… Read More

Clarification Needed

Addressing the quote from Anat Bar-Cohen’s Jan. 15 testimony before the Senate Special Committee on Aging that stated that the Jewish Social Service Agency in the Washington metropolitan area “has experienced a 15 percent budget cut for each of the past four years from the Claims Conference and other sources” (“Budget Cuts Impede Survivor Services,”… Read More

Intermarriage a Disappointment

As someone who was featured in a previous “Beshert” story and long-time subscriber to the JT, I was extremely disappointed to see two stories that both featured intermarried couples (“Same Difference,” Jan. 3, and “Relay for Life,” Jan. 17). During a time when intermarriage is soaring and we are fighting for our future as a… Read More

A Pause to Evaluate the Co-Benefits of Sustainability

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We find ourselves in the middle of a leap year in the Jewish calendar, injecting another month of Adar before the regular one and thereby pushing the rest of our holidays to a time of year where we recognize them best. That means no more Thanksgivukkahs! I call this extra month the “winter pause.” Before… Read More

Vital Partners

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When The Associated: Jewish Comm- unity Federation of Baltimore identified values that exemplify its work in our community, a very important word came up time and time again: collaboration. The centralized format of The Associated system inspires partnership among its agencies so that they do not compete against each other for resources. Instead, they seek… Read More

Cloudy skies in Sochi?

As much as the Olympic Games are about athletic excellence, they are also about pride: national pride for the host country and pride for the teams representing their homelands. No doubt there is pride among smaller groups, as Jews can attest. We wonder how the Israeli team will do at the 2014 Winter Games, which… Read More