Put Your Trust in Levinson & Bros.

When my father-in-law died in Puerto Rico, one call at 3 a.m. to Sol Levinson & Bros., and they arranged everything (Family Owned & Proud of It,” Aug.22). It hurt hearing my father-in-law go from “Leon” to “the body,” but you can trust Levinson to get the job done. When my father-in-law’s body missed the… Read More

Last Thing Vaccine Makers Want Is Study

In response to Simone Ellin’s article “A Healthy Dose?” (Aug. 29), I would like to add a few points and facts.  If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the government would conduct a long overdue study comparing the health of vaccinated children with unvaccinated children, much of the controversy surrounding this issue could… Read More

How Come No Glory for Jewish Patriots?

The exciting lives led by the two Jewish patriots profiled in the Jewish Times (“Jewish Patriots: Balancing Jewish, American Identities During the War of 1812,” Sept. 5) left me with the following question: Why haven’t Uriah Levy and Mendes Cohen been the subject of a made-for-TV series or PBS documentary? Levy was unmistakably an individual… Read More

The Danger of Inaction

Ideology matters. People act according to what they believe. If you believe in the Golden Rule, you will treat others accordingly. If you believe infidels should have their heads chopped off, you will chop off their heads, given the opportunity (“Islamic State Beheads Again,” Sept. 5). It is the obligation of the infidels (Christians, Jews,… Read More

JT Misses Mark with Fein’s passing

It was with incredulity and dismay that the Jewish Times has omitted any mention of the passing of Leonard (Leibel) Fein. He was not only a figure of national importance for American Jewry (co-founder of Moment Magazine and founder of MAZON; A Jewish Response to Hunger), but also Baltimore born and raised. Indeed, his father… Read More

Shemitah Is Coming! Shemitah Is Coming!

As the month of Elul — a time of reflection and preparation — draws to an end, I am followed with a different sense of excitement for this coming year on the Jewish calendar. Just as every seventh day of the week is supposed to be a Shabbat from the other six, so too every… Read More

Please Be Kind

I recently experienced my first anti-Semitic incident in five years of living here in Baltimore.  It happened at The 8×10, my favorite venue to hear great music. I was grooving to a real funky band, and I was wearing my kippah as I always do. Out of nowhere, a drunk but tough-looking guy came over… Read More

Be Visible; Make a Pledge

Is giving less valuable or rewarding when we as givers cannot always directly see or view the results of our generosity? I personally have had the privilege over my lifetime to contribute financially and to serve with hundreds of people who have given of themselves to help others. It is easy to see the deep… Read More

­Seeing Red at Ohio University

Ohio University Student Senate President Megan Marzec made headlines last week when she responded to the university president’s ALS ice bucket challenge by pouring a bucket of blood-colored water over her head. Speaking in her official capacity as a student leader, she said the stunt was intended to send “a message of student concern of… Read More

A Quiet But Vital Role

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  Last week, President Obama outlined his strategy for dealing with the Islamic State insurgents who have swept through and now occupy parts of Syria and Iraq. In his primetime speech, the president promised that the United States will work “with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy”the Islamic State. Ten Arab countries… Read More