Just One? Not So

In the JT’s April 14 “You Should Know” feature, it was stated that the subject of the feature operates the only Jewish Montessori School in Maryland. We strongly dispute that statement. Ner Tamid Montessori Preschool is a Jewish Montessori school licensed by Maryland State Department of Education and has been in existence since 1987. It… Read More

What Sean Spicer Must Do Next

Passover is a holiday of blood and fire, of sacrifice and Exodus, of when the Jewish people sit around the dining room table to celebrate the violent triumph of our Israelite ancestors over our ancient Egyptian oppressors. Some holidays are raucous, like Purim, and some are somber, like Yom Kippur. But not Passover. This is… Read More

Journey from Slave Laborers to Displaced Persons

The online Virtual Jewish Library states with an encyclopedia-like certainty that the last day of the Holocaust was May 8, 1945. You might recognize the date as the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies. This is inaccurate. We’re not just splitting hairs here. The British liberated Bergen-Belsen, for example, on April 15, 1945…. Read More

Blazing Trails

Every now and then, I have an experience that truly puts me in the shoes of others. The roundtable discussion Justin Silberman and I took part in for this week’s cover story about five young women in the political arena was just that kind of experience. While I was completely aware that women face different… Read More

The Meaning of Kashrut Parashat Shmini

This Shabbat we read Parshat Shmini, which deals with the laws of keeping kosher. The Torah provides the laws for what we should and should not eat. Land creatures must have split hoofs and chew their cud. Sea creatures must have scales and fins. We cannot eat birds of prey or scavenger birds. For bugs,… Read More

Pesach’s Heroes

We owe a debt of gratitude to the tireless work that our women do to prepare the house for Pesach. Every year, I find myself saying that I don’t know how they do it. But we also owe a debt of gratitude to the many other people in the chain who help us get everything… Read More

We Can Start by Listening to Immigrant Leaders

Jews everywhere have been horrified to see the beginnings of a crackdown on undocumented immigrants, which threatens to shatter families and communities and send people back to the dangerous circumstances they fled. This was happening under President Barack Obama, and now President Donald Trump has set in motion a massive expansion of the deportation machine,… Read More

Full Steam Ahead

It’s hard to believe it was more than 25 years ago when a group of Baltimore’s Jewish community leaders and business executives sat down to talk about how to absorb the influx of Russian Jewish immigrants to Israel. It was the late 1980s, shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, and unemployment hit double… Read More

Spicer’s Yom HaShoah Lesson

It would be simple to play the moral outrage card on White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s confused comparison of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons and Adolf Hitler’s refraining from gassing enemy troops on the battlefield (but killing millions of Jews with that method to effect his Final Solution). But we detect… Read More