Opinion

March 20, 2014

In last week’s mayoral election in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh, incumbent Moshe Abutbul appears to have been returned to office fair and square. That wasn’t the case last fall, when the results of an earlier election went in Abutbul’s favor, only to be overturned due to voter fraud. While it appears that the CONTINUE »

Parshat Tzav
BY Rabbi Nitzan Bergman
March 13, 2014

This weekend is packed with mitzvahs. On Shabbos, we read Parshat Tzav and Parshat Zachor. On Saturday night, we read Megilat Esther and then again on Sunday, together with all the other mitzvahs of Purim — gifts to friends, charity to the poor and a Purim banquet. There’s a wonderful theme running through all of CONTINUE »

March 13, 2014

Ada Grodzinsky deliberately misrepresents the contents of my letter (“Letter Presents Flawed Reading of History,” March 7; “Why the Need for a Nation-State?” Feb. 21). I did not address, let alone question, the nature of Jewry’s connection to the soil of Israel but simply pointed out the lack of any traditional or firm Judaic foundation CONTINUE »

BY Arkady Mamaysky
March 13, 2014

Freedom is every American citizen’s fundamental right. The most important part of an individual’s freedom is to be able to walk safely and freely on the streets of his or her own town. Back in the Soviet Union, the dictatorship took away the freedom, and sometimes lives, of its citizens. For those like myself who CONTINUE »

March 13, 2014

The JT successfully highlighted the wealth of engagement opportunities available for Baltimore’s young Jewish adults (“Engagement the Jewish Way,” Feb. 28). I wanted to point out that as those young adults become couples and families, our community continues to provide Jewish experiences aimed at bringing specific interest groups together with a variety of programs. The CONTINUE »