Keeping Kosher Competitive

Competition is a good thing, right? That question always comes up when the subject being discussed is competing kosher businesses in what is often a small market. And that question is going to be asked quite a bit in Baltimore with the news that Seasons, a New York-based kosher supermarket chain, plans to open in… Read More

Lingering Questions For The Reform Movement

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At the Reform movement’s biennial gathering in San Diego last week, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ), came out swinging. In his keynote address to some 5,000 participants, he called for his movement to offer a welcome to the unaffiliated so inclusive that he termed it “audacious hospitality.” Reform must… Read More

Challenging God

My bar mitzvah parsha is Shemot. Shemot is an action-packed parsha. Moses is rescued from the Nile as a baby. Then, he kills an Egyptian taskmaster. God appears to Moses through ancient Skype, a burning bush. Moses is called on by God to speak to Pharaoh on behalf of the slaves. From all of these… Read More

A Promising Future

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For the first time in eight years, I had to scrape snow and ice off the windshield of my car. I realize that you, dear readers, are probably snickering by this point. I mean, after all, you deal with this kind of thing every winter, year in and year out. And by all standards, what… Read More

Bedouin Relocation: Unjust and Unnecessary

As a rabbi and a Jewish community leader who cares deeply for Israel and its people, I have a moral obligation to speak out against an Israeli government plan to forcibly relocate and resettle 30,000 to 40,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel because they are a non-Jewish minority. Bedouin communities trace their historical connection to the… Read More

An Alternative To Peace?

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The current round of Israel-Palestinian peace negotiations, restarted in July by Secretary of State John Kerry, is at the halfway point of an agreed-upon nine-month timetable. While it is unclear whether the parties have made any real progress in their negotiations, it is clear that the complaints and finger pointing from the Israelis and Palestinians… Read More

Preservation and Sacrifice

Last week, the world lost a great man, Nelson Mandela. One of my favorite Mandela stories happened to a friend of mine in Cape Town. She was standing under her chupa and felt a slight tug on her wedding dress. She looked around to see what was going on. Nelson Mandela was straightening out her… Read More

A Letter To Hague

On Nov. 19, a Jewish woman in Britain, Mindy Wiesenberger, sent the following letter to [British Foreign Secretary William] Hague. The letter has been published in many newspapers, including The Times of Israel, and I would like to share it with the readers of the Baltimore Jewish Times. “Dear Mr. Hague, You have stated that… Read More

Petition For Elsa

Elsa Newman, loving mother and successful attorney, has been imprisoned in the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women for 11 years for a crime she did not commit (“Judaism Behind Bars,” Oct. 25). Her situation is one of the most monstrous examples of what is happening to mothers and children in family courts across the country…. Read More

Here We Go Again

The damage from electrical devices: First it was microwave ovens, then power lines, then cell phones. Now it is smart meters, according to the president of Maryland Smart Meter Awareness. Congratulations to the Baltimore Jewish Times for presenting both sides of the debate (“Smart Meter Debate Rages On,” Nov. 15). In retrospect, BGE should have… Read More