The Case Of The Stolen Bicycle

I loved my brand new 10-speed bike, a shiny black Diamondback. I would ride around after school and visit my friends. When school started, a new kid, Adam, would come over and ask me all kinds of questions about it. “Where did you get it?” he would ask. “Where can I get one?” Sometimes his… Read More

Beth El’s Satellite Program Is Perfect Fit

Anyone living in Carroll County who is interested in instilling Jewish values and providing an enriching Hebrew School experience to his or her children must consider Beth El’s satellite program at Westminster or Eldersburg (“In The Neighborhood,” June 14). My two children attend, and I can personally attest to the high quality of the program…. Read More

Unjust Incarceration

I have known Elsa Newman for a while (“Judaism Behind Bars,” Nov. 15). We are pen pals and enjoy exchanging books we’ve read. I have visited Prisoner No. 921975 at the women’s jail on Brock Bridge Road in Jessup, Md. I know her situation. It’s not unlike my own or that of thousands of moms… Read More

No Response?

It is worthy of comment that there has been no response to S.R. Cohen’s cogent letter (“Sad to Say,” Oct. 23) emanating from Rep. Andy Harris, either personally or his office, and no mention from Bob Ehrlich, Richard Vatz or other of his supporters. One would have, at the very least, expected an effort to… Read More

Maybe More Dire

Regarding the recent article on Greek anti-Semitism and the survey that was conducted (“Perception Is Reality,” Nov. 22), I suggest that a similar survey be conducted in Pikesville but substituting the word Jew for Greek or black or Muslim. Do you think the results would be any different? Maybe more dire. David L. Fisher Pikesville

Alive And Well

I read the JT’s article on anti-Semitism (“Anti-Semitism Is Alive And Well,” Nov. 22), and it brought back a speech that [Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and political commentator] Charles Krauthammer gave when he was honored by the Anti-Defamation League. I, of course, do not remember his entire presentation, but the last few lines of his speech… Read More

Let’s Thank Family Caregivers

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Every November, the president of the United States proclaims that month as  National Family Caregivers Month.  It is designated as time to thank, support, educate and celebrate the more than 90 million family caregivers across the country who provide $450 billion in “free” care-giving services. It is hard to believe that two out of every… Read More

What Is A Miracle?

Today is Chanukah. The holiday we know today first took place around 200 B.C.E. in Judea or what is known today as Israel. Antiochus III, Greek king of Syria, took over Judea and was fair to the Jews, allowing them to follow their traditions and their beliefs. But when his son, Antiochus IV, took over,… Read More

A Questionable Agreement

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The deal reached Sunday between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) does not remove Iran’s nuclear threat. But it does relieve some of the economic sanctions that brought Iran to the negotiating table in the first place. As such, the agreement may pave the way for a… Read More

Thanksgivukkah: Abe Lincoln the Maccabee

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I have fond childhood memories of Thanksgiving. I can’t quite remember what was on the annual menu, but I do remember the feelings of familial warmth and cohesion. In the midst of the manic pace of life, the last Thursday in November offered us the opportunity to catch up and enjoy each other’s company. I… Read More