On El Al, We Are One People

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Airline travel is difficult enough without passengers making a scene. But that’s what occurred on an El Al flight from New York to Tel Aviv just before Rosh Hashanah, when a number of haredi men went so far as to try to pay other passengers so they would not have to sit next to women… Read More

Sweden’s False Steps

Whether it was a declaration of diplomatic independence or a move designed to give the peace process a boost, the announcement last week by new Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven that his country plans to recognize the state of Palestine is unwelcome. While it is true that more than 130 countries have already recognized Palestine… Read More

Waiting for the Chips to Fall

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There’s no such thing as a free lunch, they say, and you don’t need to look further than the city’s Cheswolde neighborhood for proof. There on Taney Road stands the new headquarters of Hatzalah, built with the help of a grant tied to state revenue gleaned from slot machines. While some, mindful of the Talmudic… Read More

First, We Must Perfect Ourselves

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This magnificent three-week festival period — Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot — may be viewed and experienced in two dimensions simultaneously: the universalist, nationalist dimension and the particularistic, individual family dimension. Rosh Hashanah is the day on which the world was born, when the sigh-sob truah sound of the shofar cries out against the tragedies… Read More

Looking Back on a Leap Year

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A year ago I changed professions and joined the Baltimore Jewish Times. Anticipation and aftermath of such a leap can conjure terrifying thoughts or much worse — experiences to match. But I was fortunate where I landed, at a gateway to a community that consistently presents me with moments of inspiration, humility and delight. As a… Read More

Blood Money

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With its recent judgment against Arab Bank, a New York jury has potentially paved the way for justice in the form of significant financial penalties against the bank and compensatory payments to victims of terror and their families. We see this as a significant decision — one that through the legal process will enable victims… Read More

A Hunger for Justice

By many indicators, America is recovering from the recession that hit six years ago. The reported rates of employment, the GDP and the stock market are all moving in a positive direction. But when it comes to food security — the ability of Americans to feed themselves and their families — things are still far… Read More

Don’t Lose Sight of Terror’s Human Impact

In the wake of the historic verdict by a federal court in Brooklyn that found Jordanian Arab Bank liable for knowingly providing financial services to Hamas, it’s important to remember that the decision can be more than just a message to financial institutions doing business with terrorists. This landmark ruling should also be an incredible… Read More

Give People Hope: Restore Federal Funding for Medical Research

The failure of Congress to approve funding for the National Institutes of Health for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 is yet another blow to patients and families whose hopes for alleviating their burden of disease and disability are intertwined with groundbreaking biomedical research. On behalf of all the physicians, scientists and health professionals… Read More

Join Us for Joyful Jewish Experience

Simone Ellin’s article on the East Bank Havurah (“A Time for Renewal,” Sept. 19) reflected well the history and character of our group. I received a warm welcome upon visiting the group three years ago. As a dues-paying member since then, I have participated actively, hosting Shabbat services in my home and learning Mussar (an… Read More