You Call This Peace Talks?

It would be hard to find a more mocked beginning to yet another peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. Indeed, the naysayers have it right when they say that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has no courage, is absurdly absolutist in his demands and is more afraid of compromise than most Israelis. Indeed, Abbas — whose… Read More

Lost Its Way?

One can only applaud the restarting of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank. Yet, given the other problems the U.S. currently faces in the Middle East, it is an open question as to whether Secretary of State John Kerry should have spent so much time on Israel-Palestinian peace… Read More

Unexpected Sacred Moments

Recently I returned from vacation with my family.  Before I went, I researched hotels and children’s activities, and I planned out the fastest route. I knew where the balloon festival was, what museums had special exhibits and who was available when for a visit. While on my vacation I stayed open to the mood of… Read More

John Kerry’s Accomplishment

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Many thought that in taking on Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, Secretary of State John Kerry was embarking on a fool’s errand. But after investing significant time, effort and his own reputation in the process, he was able to bring the parties to the table last week. By achieving that result, Kerry confounded the doubters, at least in… Read More

Beyond The Press Release

National Jewish organizations are famous for their press releases. But while they have mastered the email blast favored by older Jews, a provocative op-ed piece in the Algemeiner gives the organizations poor marks in managing the social media tools — Facebook, Twitter and others — favored by younger Jews. “The organizations have minimal knowledge of… Read More

The Ad Has Been Removed

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About a month ago, the Baltimore Jewish Times published an ad recruiting a managing editor. That ad has been taken down. I’m staying — at least for now. But I also moved to Kansas … on Wednesday. A few months back (if even that long), my husband and I determined that the best thing for… Read More

And Really Mean It

Regarding Simone Ellin’s article about the Zimmerman case (“Word Of The Day,” July 26): Why is President Barack Obama speaking out on such a personal, emotional level in reference to the Martin and Zimmerman jury decision? Instead of focusing on the decision of the acquittal and self-defense verdict, the president has been dwelling on a… Read More

When Someone You Know Is Depressed

Has someone ever confided in you feelings of depression? This is not uncommon. But when those feelings persist and impact a person’s health and well-being, it may be necessary to seek help. As a concerned friend or family member, you may wonder how serious the depression is, and you may feel the need to encourage… Read More

What We Learn From Camp

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Noah came home from camp this week and told us he had been fishing in the lake without a pole. When asked to clarify, he told me they just walked into the shallow water and tried to catch them with their hands. I asked him how that worked out. He told us, “Not very well.”… Read More

Spreading A Positive Impression Of Israel

Gabriela Cruz wanted to go to Israel to better understand how Israelis and Palestinians live together in an unstable area. Professor Mario Garcia found his trip to Israel “transformative and invaluable.” And on college campuses across the country, door hangers, which showcase some of the latest Israeli innovations that are making the world a better… Read More