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Parshat Ki Tavo
BY Rabbi Yisroel Motzen
August 21, 2013

In this week’s Torah Portion, Parshat Ki Tavo, we read something known as the tochacha. The tochacha is a long list of terrible calamities that Moses prophesizes will befall the Jewish people in the future. Toward the end of the passage, Moses informs us why such awful things will happen to the Jewish people — CONTINUE »

August 21, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

August 21, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

August 21, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

August 21, 2013

No commandment is repeated more often in the Hebrew Bible than the admonition to “welcome the stranger .” 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 CONTINUE »