I Act, Therefore I Am Parshat Pinchas

Are you feeling depressed? Then dance! Feeling lazy? Work! Angry? Smile! Hostile? Act friendly! These are not merely glib bits of advice when there is nothing better to say. Rather, they reflect a deep common wisdom that teaches us that our behavior influences our emotions. When we feel down in the dumps, the best thing… Read More

Oren’s Words Are a Wake-Up Call

In a June 26 editorial (“Oren’s Un-Diplomacy”), the JT emphasizes the controversy brewing over former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s recent revelations about President Barack Obama’s shabby treatment of Israel. The controversy itself is nothing more than a tempest in a teapot. A focus on Oren’s substantive remarks would have better served the Jewish community. Oren… Read More

‘Net Zero’ Leaves Many Questions

Regarding “Net Zero Means Surplus for Nonprofits” (June 26), writer Aleeza Oshry states that the new sustainability building (Brock Environmental Center) will have a surplus energy to sell because of its use of wind, solar and geothermal energy. I find the “net zero” concept intriguing, but I never read anything beyond the predictions. Oshry states… Read More

Safety a Concern with Stevenson Chabad

An important fact omitted in “Hearing on Stevenson Chabad Begins” (July 3) is the danger that the proposed location poses to both Chabad congregants and the neighboring community. The lot is located within a dangerous stretch of Stevenson Road, along a blind curve leading from the south (Garrison Farms Road) and atop a blind hill… Read More

My Uncle Marty Deserves a Mention

I wish to add the name Martin Wahlberg to those who played a significant role in the life of the Congregation of Israel Synagogue in Pocomoke City (“The Changing Face of Eastern Shore Jewry,” June 26). For several decades in the mid-1900s, my Uncle Marty served the small Jewish community tirelessly in doing so many… Read More

Fond Memories of Life in Salisbury

After reading “The Changing Face of Eastern Shore Jewry” (June 26), I thought back to my life growing up in Salisbury, Md. In the 1950s and 1960s Salisbury was the hub of Eastern Shore Jewry. There were at one time 120 Jewish families who belonged to Beth Israel Synagogue, a Conservative congregation that had the… Read More

It’s Time to Stop Demonizing Michael Oren

Michael Oren is my friend. During his nearly five years as Israel’s ambassador to the United States, we’d speak on an almost daily basis. Often those phone calls would come at 3 or 4 a.m., Washington time, and Oren, enduring another sleepless night, would share his fears about how the Obama administration was compromising Israel’s… Read More

Actions Always Speak Louder Than Words

In the very midst of negotiations with Western powers, Iran has stepped up its involvement in regional proxy wars, overtly supporting the Houthi rebels in Yemen. It is attempting to open a new terror front in the Golan Heights. It continues to bolster Bashar al-Assad’s regime, spending what some experts estimate to be up to… Read More

Sobering Thoughts about BDS

In its annual survey of the Jewish world, the Israel-based think tank Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) considered the de-legitimization threat posed against Israel by the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. The think tank, which is chaired by longtime U.S. diplomats Stuart Eizenstat and Dennis Ross, submitted its assessment last month to the Israeli… Read More

Applauding the Panthers

Joshua Runyan - Editorial Director

What exactly is hand and foot canasta and what does it have to do with Judaism? To an untrained audience, the exact same question could be asked of mah jongg, but I digress. In the context of this week’s JT, the card game, of which apparently there are many variants, provides fodder for an ongoing… Read More