Big Relief

While the Jewish Times may not be everything everyone in Northwest Baltimore would like it to be, it serves a useful purpose, and it would be a tragedy should it ever disappear. After more than nine decades of ups and downs, its successful emergence last year from Chapter 11 bankruptcy was a welcome relief for… Read More

Disregard

Your decision to publish the full-page back-cover advertisement for the largest casino in Maryland in the Aug. 9 edition reflects a disregard for the long-standing policy positions of both Baltimore’s rabbis and our organized Jewish community. Since November 1995, the Baltimore Jewish Council, whose mission includes determining and communicating our community’s consensus positions on governmental… Read More

Absolutely Correct!

Calling upon the Jewish community to “Shun Henry Kissinger” (online only, Aug. 8), Jay Bernstein questions why the Tikvah Fund, “an organization dedicated to promoting ‘serious Jewish thought’ is “associating with a man responsible for one of the ugliest remarks ever made to an American president concerning the Jewish people.” Of course the Tikvah Fund… Read More

One Of The Righteous

No commandment is repeated more often in the Hebrew Bible than the admonition to “welcome the stranger [for we were once strangers in the land of Egypt].” And no Baltimorean lived these instructions more fully than Inge Weinberg, who, sadly, passed away this past week. Inge, herself originally a “stranger” to Baltimore — from Germany… Read More

Join!

Regarding the article “A Kidney for Harry” (Aug. 16): More than 9,000 people in Maryland rely on a dialysis machine to clean their blood because their kidneys have failed. The treatments they receive three times a week for four hours at a time help them stay alive. … And now, these life-saving treatments are being… Read More

Jewish Unity

A few weekends ago, I spent Shabbat in Israel with Jewish college students from Germany, France, Canada and throughout the Former Soviet Union. The shabbaton began with a gripping speech by Natan Sharansky, president of the Jewish Agency for Israel. While the weekend yielded fascinating conversations, two moments are stitched in my mind. During Shabbos… Read More

Tikkun Olam: What Does It Really Mean For Us

The Jewish people have an important mission. For centuries, Jewish civilization has rev-olved around the concept of social responsibility. We are taught that our soul’s mission is to be a light unto the nations, and as Jews we feel an inst-inctive push to make a difference in the world and glorify God’s name. But how… Read More

A Seat At The New Year’s Table

This is the time of year when even the unaffiliated feel the pull of prayer, and many of them seek to join with other Jews to usher in the New Year. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur — the World Series of Judaism — is also when seats in synagogues are at a premium. Increasingly, congregations… Read More

Another Syria?

An injured supporter of deposed Egyptian 
President Mohamed Morsi is carried into the Fatah Mosque at Ramses Square in Cairo. 
Ed Giles/Getty

With the death toll in Egypt at now more than 1,000, and through its ongoing deadly security sweeps targeted at supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi, the Egyptian military has ended the pretense that it is supporting a civilian government and a return to the rule of law. Among the victims of the chaos in… Read More

Be Loving To Your Neighbor

On Aug. 28, citizens from across this country will converge upon our nation’s capital to commemorate and celebrate the 50th anniversary of 1963’s historic March On Washington. Admittedly, I am too young to remember the march, or even to have been there. From what I read and hear from older colleagues and friends, it was… Read More