Support Immigration Reform

The current congressional debate over immigration reform poses two competing questions: Is offering a path to citizenship to the 11 million men, women and children who bypassed the U.S. immigration system a reward for their illegal conduct? Or, would granting them a citizenship opportunity help bring that sizable population out of the shadows, and allow… Read More

When Friends Leak

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There is an old political adage: “There are no permanent friends or enemies in international relations, only interests.” While it is unquestionably true that the U.S.-Israel relationship is rock solid, and that the United States and Israel share a deep friendship and a thick web of interests, there appears to be one or more people… Read More

Elie Wiesel Laughed

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I don’t usually freeze at the presence of greatness, coming instead from the “each person puts their pants on one leg at a time” mindset. I have fumbled the ball more than my share of times. There was the Governor’s Cup Race at Ocean Downs Race Track in Ocean City when I introduced myself to… Read More

My Trip To Israel

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Eighteen years ago my husband, Marvin and I took our first trip to Israel. We returned to the United States with a greater appreciation of the courageous Israelis and their country. This year, thanks to Beth El, I was afforded the opportunity to revisit Israel. Even though my situation had changed (my husband passed away… Read More

Gratitude and Perspective

This Shabbat, we begin reading the book of Deuteronomy. Every year, this portion is read on Shabbat preceding the Ninth of Av, the singular day of mourning for the destruction of the Temples, as well as calamities throughout Jewish history.  According to the Mishnah (Ta’anit 4:6), it was an event that occurred generations before the… Read More

American Democracy?

Regarding “Fusion Of Faiths” (June 21): The attacks upon the Jewish community by Christian missionary groups masquerading as Jews are deplorable and morally bankrupt. Your article highlighting this menace is commendable. Members of Jews for Judaism are a group of unsung heroes who perform an essential role in our community. A group of these well-dressed,… Read More

Disappointed

Your article “Breaking the Color Line” (June 28) brought back many memories of those times. My late father, Rabbi Abraham Shusterman, was as instrumental in planning the march on Gwynn Oak Park as were his dear friends and co-workers Rabbis Goldman and Lieberman. He was actively involved in the civil rights movement of the time,… Read More

You Don’t Remember?

Am I the only JT reader who remembers when Hebrew National made kosher beef bacon back in the 1960s? It came in vacuum-pressed packages that looked exactly like other actual pork bacon packages. Our family kept kosher so it was delicious and a real treat to fry and serve with eggs, home fries and toast…. Read More

It’s A Matter Of Truth

The whining of Z Street (“Over the Red Line?” June 28) over its alleged mistreatment by the IRS was correctly chastised by Art Abramson and Doug Bloomfield. This stagey, pity-party, political ploy is straight out of Mort Klein’s Zionist Organization of America playbook. This is not surprising, seeing that Z Street director and founder Lori… Read More

Mutual Respect, Coexistence

The rose still holds its blossoms, even after a journey of 6,000 miles and several weeks. Perhaps it’s a good omen, a sign that our visit will bring long-lasting momentum for coexistence. For the 46 Krieger Schechter eighth-graders who boarded the El Al plane in May for our school trip, setting foot on the land… Read More