The Day After the Iran Deal

Last week, we noted President Barack Obama’s impassioned defense of the nuclear agreement with Iran during a speech at American University and its clear articulation of the president’s vision. That part of the speech was informative and helpful. But along with his arguments, the president repeated what is now the administration’s mantra that “the choice… Read More

The Covenant of Life Parshat Re’eh

EFRAT, ISRAEL — “Behold I give before you this day a blessing and a curse. The blessing, when you will hearken to the commandments of the Lord your God … and the curse, if you will not hearken to the commandments of the Lord your God and you swerve from the path …” (Deut. 11:26-27)… Read More

The Forest, the Trees and the Iran Deal

Concluding the nuclear deal with Iran has intensified political arguments not only in Washington, but also within the pro-Israel community. Many groups are devoting significant time and resources to opposing the agreement and attempting to prevent its approval by Congress out of a belief that it will leave both the United States and Israel less… Read More

Confronting Racism in Orthodox World

When I was 24, an Orthodox matchmaker tried to set me up on a date with a man older than my parents. When I objected, she told me, “Stop being so picky. Not many guys are willing to consider a black girl.” As an African-American Orthodox Jew, this was hardly my first encounter with the… Read More

Talking About Religion

Until Democrat Jimmy Carter ran for president in 1975, the issue of a presidential candidate’s religious faith wasn’t an open topic for discussion. That is clearly not the case today.  In last Thursday’s Republican debate, candidates were asked a silly and wholly inappropriate question: “[Have] any of them … received a word from God on… Read More

Three-Dimensional Chess

President Barack Obama presented a polished and impassioned defense last week of the international nuclear agreement with Iran that is being considered by Congress. For those who are trying to understand the agreement and what exactly separates its backers from its bashers, the speech offered a clear view of  the deal’s supporter-in-chief’s vision. Inside the… Read More

As Jews, We Are One Family

The last — and only — time I was in Curacao, the tiny Dutch Caribbean island just off the coast of Venezuela, it was as part of a press junket to explore the country’s long Jewish history. (It has the oldest Jewish community in the Americas, and Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, built in 1732, is the… Read More

BJC’s Opposition Offers No Alternative

I read with dismay of the decision by the Baltimore Jewish Council’s executive committee to oppose the agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the Security Council, plus Germany (“Good or Bad?”  July 24). As a rabbi and representative to the BJC, my objections are both substantive and procedural. First, neither I nor… Read More

Time to Fight Back-Stabbing Venture

Where is the communitywide outcry against the Iran deal (“A Time to Act”  July 31)? Where are the local rallies, marches, speeches and programs to shout out how terrible this deal is, as we did with Soviet Jewry? This is not the 1930s. Where is the constant local media attention that should be focused on… Read More

Heritage, Not Hate, Is Behind Flag’s Display

Shame on you, Jodi Zisow. If my Confederate flag offended you (Your Say, July 24), perhaps you could have knocked on my door and engaged me in a conversation. The flag to me, symbolizes heritage. I have studied history my whole life. The focus of my studies has been the Civil War. I celebrate the… Read More