Opinion

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BY Melissa Gerr
December 26, 2013

In October, then Editor-in-Chief Maayan Jaffe solicited cover story ideas from the JT staff. I suggested a 24-hour look at Baltimore, reminiscent of my first photo assignment at a newspaper in Minneapolis many years ago — but with a special Jewish focus on the city. When we met to discuss the strategy of how we CONTINUE »

December 26, 2013

Marc Shapiro’s fine story of “Latkes With A Side Of The Lord” (Dec. 13) highlighted the targeting by Jews for Jesus of the vulnerable, lonely, young and confused on the University of Maryland campus. In the piece, Ruth Guggenheim went so far as to categorize the Messianics as “spiritual predators.” CONTINUE »

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Parshat Va’eira
BY Rabbi Craig Axler
December 26, 2013

“Frogs here, frogs there, frogs were jumping everywhere!” So go the lyrics to a truly infectious children’s song for Passover, which focuses comically on the plague of frogs, found in our Torah portion this Shabbat, Va’eira.  A close reading of the beginning of Exodus 8 will point out a linguistic anomaly. The threat made to CONTINUE »

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BY Joshua Runyan
December 26, 2013

What does it mean to be Jewish? What is the nature of Jewish identity? I’ll leave the age-old question of “Who is a Jew?” to those more qualified than I to settle. I’m instead referring to the reality that whether you live in Towson, go to college at Johns Hopkins, hang out at either of CONTINUE »

December 26, 2013

It is a fact of political life that an adept politician will zig then zag, halt and then advance, in an effort to reach a particular goal. That process is not always smooth. And sometimes, politicians stumble. In the Israeli government, political leaders and erstwhile allies, Treasury Minister Yair Lapid and Economic Minister Naftali Bennett, CONTINUE »