Guilford’s Fear: Islam

I believe that the Guilford community’s holiday tree has nothing to do with anti-Semitism (“Right to Light Denied,” Dec. 19). In accordance with its constitution, were it a Christmas tree, every religion would wish to install its version of religious observance. I believe it’s an attempt to prohibit inclusion of the crescent moon and star… Read More

Not So Surprising

In light of the current levels of anti-Semitism in the world, the decision by Guilford’s neighborhood association not to allow the display of a menorah is much ado about nothing (“Right to Light Denied,” Dec. 19). Guilford was one of those communities that prior to equal housing laws had a prohibition against Jews and blacks… Read More

A Tradition Is Born

I was upset to read that the Guilford Association denied a menorah display alongside its holiday tree (“Right to Light Denied,” Dec. 19). Shame on this refusal! For eons, Christmas trees have represented the non-Jewish faiths and was never a “Jewish” thing. I live in a condominium in Hunt Valley, and every year a large… Read More

The Saudi Situation

The official announcement that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia had been taken into a Riyadh hospital “to undergo some medical checkups” suggests serious concern about the health of the 91-year-old monarch because he is assumed to have excellent medical facilities in his own palaces. Theoretically, his successor would be his half-brother, Crown Prince Salman, who… Read More

Supersessionism on the Big Screen

Much has been written about how “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is unfaithful to the biblical narrative. A movie is midrash, exploring a biblical text. That is why I am not troubled with adding an Israelite elder named Nun, a character absent in the biblical text except in Joshua’s patronym ben Nun, nor with the plagues… Read More

Sleepless Nights, Enlightened Days

Can you sleep at night? There is so much trouble in the world. Violence, wars large and small, natural disasters, disease. We all personally know many who are suffering at this very moment. Some are friends and acquaintances living in plain sight. Others are individuals in the media, people whose pain we see portrayed daily… Read More

Time to Reconsider Iran Sanctions

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The new Congress, which convened this week, is expected to begin the year by reviving a push for additional sanctions on Iran and demanding an up or down vote on any nuclear deal reached with the Islamic republic. The increased hawkishness of the Republican-led Congress will put more pressure on the Obama administration to reach… Read More

Empty Gestures

In 2012, when the Palestinians won “nonmember observer state status” in the United Nations, Israel responded by withholding the tax revenues it regularly collects for and passes on to the Palestinian Authority. Later, Israel quietly reinstated the transfers. Last Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel will again withhold tax revenue from the Palestinian… Read More

Agents of Change

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With school out and use-it-or-lose-it vacation days beckoning, many spent last week relaxing at home or enjoying tourist destinations around the world. But for more than 2,000 people representing Jewish communities from South America to Europe, the last moments of 2014 — and the first of 2015 — were dedicated to everything from debating the… Read More

A Show of White Power?

The Jewish Times’ analysis of the recent Maryland gubernatorial race (“Hogan Dominates,” Nov. 7) attributed Hogan’s victory to voter disco-tent with the O’Malley administration’s tax hikes. But the real “elephant” in the room of this unexpected GOP triumph lies elsewhere. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D.-La.) put her finger on it with her comment about ”the South… Read More