A Real-life Solution To The Agunah Problem

I have testified unsuccessfully in Annapolis three times over the past 20 years before committees of the Maryland legislature to urge the enactment of a modified version of the “get bill” that I personally drafted in 1982 at the urging of the late Rabbi Moshe Sherer, chief executive of Agudath Israel of America. The “get… Read More

Hidden Miracles

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The following comes from a classic piece of Torah commentary authored by Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman. Popularly known as Nachmanides, he was born in 1194 in Girona, Spain, and passed away in Israel in 1270. What event in Jewish history should we remember more than any other? Its narrative takes up most of this week’s… Read More

Inclusive Community

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When a family member has a disability, meeting his or her needs and the difficulties that may arise from them can become a focal point for the family. These challenges are often in addition to the ups and downs of typical families and can add a new level of stress and concern to everyday life…. Read More

Mean Mrs. Cohen

“You missed,” Ruthy yelled to Sara, as they played a game of dodgeball in the school courtyard at recess. The sounds of girls giggling and balls bouncing filled the spring air. Ruthy ran after the ball, as it rolled under the porch of an apartment next door. She looked up to see an old lady… Read More

Grammatical Style Not Promising

I note that [JT Editor-in-Chief Joshua Runyan called his] Dec. 20 introductory piece “A Promising Future.” I hope that it is. However, the ending of two phrases with a preposition (“Jewish leaders grapple with” and “a terrific team to work with”) and the annoyingly incorrect use of “hopefully” do not bode well for the quality of… Read More

Aging In Place Safely

Aging in place is a term used by people who work with seniors. It’s a catchy phrase, but what does it really mean? Simply put, aging in place for a senior means being able to live where and how he/she wants in the setting of his/her choosing, safely and independently, and being able to make… Read More

Local Young Heroes to be Honored

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How do you respond when your child does something incredible? Project Ezra and the Chesed Fund have established an Outstanding Youth Award for Exceptional Service in the fields of health and safety in the Baltimore Jewish Community.  (All youth from the greater Baltimore Jewish community are invited to participate.)  For the last 10 years, we… Read More

A 24-Hour Look At Baltimore

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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… Read More

Modern-Day Amalek

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 [director of Jews for Judaism] went so far as to categorize the Messianics as “spiritual predators.”… Read More

Take Time To Ribbit

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“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… Read More