Unfair Play

In this broiling summer of Zika, of floods in Louisiana and fires in California, of the shootings of unarmed black men by police, of police by African-American snipers and of the patrons of a gay bar by a Muslim man, the international brouhaha caused by four American Olympic swimmers at a Rio de Janeiro gas… Read More

The Divine Commands of Creation Parshat Eikev

“V’haya im shamoa — If then, you listen, yes, you really heed My commandments that I enjoin upon you this day, loving the Eternal your God and serving [God] with all your heart and soul, I will grant the rain for your land in its season. … You shall gather in your new grain and… Read More

Perfect Choice

Justin Levy (Photo by Daniel Nozick)

In its Aug. 12 edition, the JT featured an article on Justin Levy as a person “You Should Know.” Subsequent to reading this commentary I knew that I had to write and compliment you on your selection. Justin and I met a few years ago, and right from the beginning I knew that his firm… Read More

Crown Heights, 25 Years Later

Twenty-five years ago, a car in the motorcade of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi  Menachem M. Schneerson, accidentally hit and killed 7-year-old Gavin Cato in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, N.Y. The incident set off three days of racially motivated protests and violence during which nearly 200 people were injured and Yankel Rosenbaum, an Australian… Read More

CJE: Beyond Birth

What a joy it was for me to read the JT’s “CJE Offering New Opportunities for Young Families’ (Aug. 12). As the founding and first director of the CJE Early Childhood Department and as the originator of the prepared childbirth program, then called “In the Beginning: A Jewish Lamaze Experience,” it was  always a goal… Read More

Wages Vs. Need

Editorial Director

Two-and-a-half years ago, we published a cover story highlighting the effort across Maryland to raise the state minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Two months later, activists claimed success when the General Assembly instituted the new law, phasing in annual minimum wage increases to achieve $10.10 by 2018. Now, some lawmakers in Baltimore’s City Council… Read More

Why Tim Kaine Is Good for Israel, Jewish Values

Ben Cardin (File photo)

American Jewish voters have naturally voted for Democratic candidates because it has meant voting to support strong social justice and a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Hillary Clinton and her vice presidential choice, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, will continue Democratic action on economic and educational opportunities, retirement security and quality, affordable health care and especially Israel’s… Read More

A Plaque of Honor

The wonderful obituary/tribute “Roy Hoffberger: Philanthropist, Art Patron, Proud Jew” (Aug. 12) recounts that he  always kept a plaque on his desk that read: “Further discussion is unnecessary. I have said all I want to hear.” The irony  reminded him daily of the importance of listening to others and to the wishes of the community… Read More

Their Color? Jewish

The JT’s “Jews Conflicted by Black Lives Matter Platform” (Aug. 12) comments on the challenges Jews of color face because of the anti-Israel agenda of the Black Live Matter movement. I don’t see a conflict. Whether Jews of color are born Jewish or have become Jewish by choice, they are Jews and their color is… Read More

A Celebration of B’nai Yisrael

Today, we read Parshat Va’etchanan. We see the beautiful words of the Shema that tells all of B’nai Yisrael that there is only one God. Earlier, when God commanded Moses to talk to the rock so it would give water again, Moses got angry. Instead of talking to the rock, he hit the rock with… Read More