Opinion

September 4, 2013

I’ve always found the naming of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation’s “Rosh Hashanah under the Stars” event, which is held each year at Oregon Ridge, particularly ironic (“Worth The Schlep,” Aug. 30). Here’s why: Parshat Lech Lecha recounts how God addressed Abraham’s concerns that he did not have any descendants to continue spreading awareness of God in CONTINUE »

September 4, 2013

For the Jewish community, the iconic image of our relationship to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the photograph of Dr. King marching from Selma to Montgomery on March 21, 1965, arm in arm with a man the children thought looked like Santa Claus, the pre-eminent Jewish theologian, Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel. About that day CONTINUE »

September 4, 2013

When I was growing up in Baltimore, the modern State of Israel was the center of the Jewish universe. It was at the core of being Jewish, tucked inside the greater American Jewish identity. There were no contradictions. Jews were solid U.S. citizens, equally proud of their American heritage. But the brutal sting of the CONTINUE »

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September 4, 2013

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. CONTINUE »

September 4, 2013

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 CONTINUE »