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Last Thursday was the orientation barbecue at Johns Hopkins Hillel. Each year, this is an event everyone anticipates with excitement. The freshmen move in, and at the BBQ, they are still in shock about leaving home for the first time. The sophomores are excited to begin the year savvier than they were the year before…. Read More

Who Owns Iraq’s Jewish Past?

In the aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, U.S. troops discovered a treasure trove of Iraq’s ancient Jewish community in the waterlogged basement of Saddam Hussein’s secret police headquarters. The vast collection included more than 2,700 Jewish books and tens of thousands of documents, the earliest from 1540. They were left behind… Read More

Red Lines, Green Lights And Mixed Messages

President Bashar al-Assad has threatened to retaliate against Israel if the U.S. strikes Syria with missiles. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The past week has been witness to a dizzying array of political brinkmanship, even in a town like Washington, D.C., where changing strategy can be as commonplace as changing shoes. More than a year ago, President Obama dec-lared that if Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, used chemical weapons to attack his own people, he would be… Read More

5773 — The Year of the Diets

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My sister, Genese, is a new woman. She’s been on a serious health kick for about six months, and while she’s not the type to impose her lifestyle on others, it’s hard to be around her without wondering if I’m poisoning myself. Nowadays, Genese is off sugar, alcohol and coffee. She has a pill box… Read More

We Wish To Clarify

We very much appreciate the Baltimore Jewish Times’ interest in the story of parents making the choice to send Orthodox children to nonconventional schools, such as to public school (“School Choice,” Aug. 16).  However, we wish to clarify our position [and the community’s reaction]: The comments we received from those who felt strongly that we… Read More

None Better Than Poly

I want to congratulate you for publishing the story about Yitzchak Oshry, and I also want to congratulate his parents, especially his mother, Aleeza, for choosing what was best for her son and [for being] smart enough to ignore pressure from her … friends (“School Choice,” Aug. 16). I don’t know if most people in… Read More

That Is Kosher To Me

Regarding “The Kosher Machine” (Aug. 9): I come from a kosher, OU upbringing, having lived in Florida, Boston, New York and now here in Baltimore. … I do not run a restaurant or cater or have any family connection to the kashrut industry. But I watch [here in Baltimore] and see how [this hashgacha] …… Read More

The West Just Doesn’t Get It

Regarding the many articles the JT has run on issues in the Arab world, most recently “Another Syria?” (Aug. 23): While the so-called reforms in Tunisia, the hopeful beginnings of what were understood to be the Arab Spring, withers into a conspiracy of failure, unrest and ongoing intrafratricidal self-destruction, and Syria degenerates into a who’s… Read More

House-Proofing Against Falls

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Jewish Holiday celebrations offer us the opportunity to reconnect with loved ones. For many, this means opening our homes to family members, many of whom are older. One false step down a staircase or in the shower has the potential to change the life of an elderly person forever. Falls are the leading cause of… Read More

Is Jewish Education Jewish?

When I enrolled my first child in Jewish day school almost 20 years ago, I was enthralled with the prospect that he would be educated “Jewishly.” I imagined that the wisdom of the Torah would illuminate his mind through a Judaic curriculum of Jewish history and Torah subjects. I believed that Jewish schools would reflect… Read More