A Bad Bill for the Jewish State

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In what has largely been seen as a political move by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved a controversial bill that would declare Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people. Such legislation, coming at this time, is not in Israel’s best interests. Sunday’s vote was the result of heated negotiations… Read More

Obama Goes It Alone

President Barack Obama’s declaration that he will enact immigration reform by executive order has generated much comment, including near universal approval from Jewish groups. According to the administration and Democrats on Capitol Hill, the president made his move because the House of Representatives has refused to take up immigration reform, specifically the version of a… Read More

The Need to Inspire

Yuli Edelstein, the refusenik whose wife, Tatiana, once staged a hunger strike during his incarceration in a Siberian gulag, spent months during his initial interrogation in 1984 praying in his cell while donning tefillin without the halachically mandated black leather straps. That was the only way his wife could get the ritual items past the… Read More

Opening the Well of Interpretation

In Jewish tradition, wells give life by providing not only water, but also a meeting place for our ancestors to find their mates. In this week’s Torah portion, Jacob meets his beloved Rachel at a well. Emboldened perhaps by love at first sight, he rolls away the heavy stone covering the mouth of the well… Read More

Shock, Fear … and Resolve

Editorial Director

Until Tuesday morning, Har Nof for my family was an amalgam of different experiences, all of them positive. It’s where my wife went to seminary, where we had one of our first Shabbat meals after moving to Israel and where our kids always loved going for pizza — it had, according to our research in… Read More

Make a Difference: Be a Republican

The recent election was historic for Maryland. The citizens of Maryland voted in a Republican for governor and three new Republican county executives; District 6 is completely Republican now; and there were many other Republican winners. There are now 14 Republican senators and 50 Republican delegates. The voters of Maryland made a statement to the… Read More

Yes, Dems Have Veto-proof Majority

I noticed a mistake in your Nov. 14 editorial “Working with Goverenor-elect Hogan.” You say “Maryland’s General Assembly remains firmly in Democratic hands, although no longer with a veto-proof majority.”   That isn’t true. The Democrats do in fact have a veto-proof majority. To override a veto in Maryland, you need 60 percent, and both… Read More

‘White Power’ Letter Is Insulting

I expected to see a letter or two about the election, but I never thought I would see what you published (“A Show of White Power?”).   I found Roy Amadeus’ comments unbelievable in 2014, almost 2015, and I also found them to be quite insulting to the almost 900,000 Marylanders who voted for Larry… Read More

Indyk: Longtime Palestinian Supporter

Your Nov. 7 editorial (“The Mighty Dollar at Brookings”) raised legitimate questions about the influence of foreign governments that make significant donations to Washington think tanks, such as the $14.8 million grant by the government of Qatar to the Brookings Institution, of which Martin Indyk is director.   In the case of Indyk, however, there… Read More

JT Misses Mark on This On

The JT’s reporting on the Obama administration’s position on Israel is disappointing (What’s Next? Nov. 14). Vice President Joe Biden’s statements of support lack any substance when both the State Department’s spokeswoman and the president’s deputy national security advisor make statements that Israel failed in the Gaza operation to minimize civilian casualties. Yet, Chairman of… Read More