A Whale of a Tale

Thank you for “Hebrews on the High Seas,” Jan. 27. This fascinating article brought  together many bits of information that I was aware of with some fascinating new facts. This is one of the best JT articles I’ve ever read. Kudos!

Oy Vey, Donald!

Full disclosure requires that I admit to voting for Donald Trump and fully supporting him as president of the United States. Of course, my friends here in New York, especially the Jewish ones, thought I was absolutely meshugah for coming out of the conservative closet. However, I saw an extremely successful businessman who, I believed,… Read More

Being Zayde A Two-Way Street

Yes, we certainly all do have opinions about nearly everything, don’t we? We may or may not express them, but the choices we make and our reactions to others are all expressions of “our opinion.” But what is an “opinion”? Miriam Webster says, “1. A view, judgement or appraisal formed in the mind about a… Read More

‘Everything Is Scrap’

Here at the JT, we’ve tackled many stories exploring various aspects of our history. I’m not referring to the history of Baltimore’s premier Jewish publication, but rather to the history of the Jewish people, with a particular emphasis on how that history intersects with Charm City and its environs. In that spirit came last week’s… Read More

Step Up for Jewish Students

The BDS movement is exploding on college campuses for many reasons (“Fighting BDS on America’s Campuses,” Jan. 20). Colleges have become hotbeds of left-wing radicalism, and the current cause celebre is supporting the Palestinians and Hamas, one of the most vicious Islamic terrorist organizations. Even the prior administration had to brand Hamas a terrorist organization…. Read More

Half In, Half Out

To the powers that be at the Woodmont Country Club. I think I have a solution to your conundrum (“Woodmont Not Playing Its ‘A’ Game,” Jan. 20). Since Barack Obama is biracial, you can do the politically correct thing and accept that half of him that is black for membership; as to the part of… Read More

Pray for Our Country

In the “Give Trump a Chance” Your Say letter (Jan. 27), Z. Lois Madow wants to know what there is to protest against. Here are just a few things: > For planning to throw thousands of people off their health plans. > For planning to foul our air, water and soil by overturning regulations that… Read More

Punishing Muslims for Being Muslim

Most of the organized Jewish community, along with most civil libertarians, shuddered as the new administration issued an executive order effectively targeting Muslims who want to immigrate to the United States. The order suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days for review. It permanently bans immigration of Syrian refugees. It calls for a… Read More

Rabbi for Rent

Rabbi Yona Metzger, the man who was the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel from 2003 to 2013, is going to jail. Although he pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, breach of trust and tax offenses — which earned him a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence and a fine of $1.3 million — he was actually charged with… Read More

Genealogy Only Goes So Far Parshat Bo

Why is the killing of the firstborn the final, and most significant, plague? True, it brought death into every household, rattling Egypt at its foundations, but certainly the plagues of hail — really, fire in blocks of ice falling from the sky — or total, crippling darkness for three days and nights were not inconsequential… Read More