All You Need Is Love? Parshat Ekev

“All the world needs is love.” We hear that refrain in our music, in our theologies, in conversations prosaic and profound. While there is no denying the power of love as the essential and irreplaceable core of our lives, there are also other things we need: a home, sustenance (food), and meaningful work — among… Read More

Judaism Renewed

To this day, most American Jews’ ideas of Jewish life in the “Old Country” of pre-World War II Eastern Europe center around an idyllic kind of shtetl living a la “Fiddler on the Roof” or of the kind of urban, irreligious intellectual elite that called Berlin home. Neither is inherently wrong, but neither is correct…. Read More

‘Victory for National Security’

In the JT’s article “Good or Bad?” (July 24), the BJC’s Cailey Locklair Tolle is right to find the inspections regimen positive.  But she also said: “Right now nothing stops. The centrifuges are still spinning.  Uranium is still being enriched.”  While this might be factually correct, it is extremely misleading, for Iran has agreed to… Read More

Make It an Outlet Mall

There have been a number of ideas kicking around for the last year as to what should become of the empty and failing Owings Mills Mall (Mall Remains Achilles’ Heel,” July 17). I can’t understand why no one has entertained the idea of turning it into an outlet mall such as Arundel Mills — something… Read More

A Disastrous Deal

Shame on you, Stephen Arkan, for your uncivil tone in falsely accusing the Zionist Organization of America of preferring “scapegoats to solutions” (Your Say, July 17). Your comments relate to my July 10 Your Say letter (“Oren’s Words Are a Wake-Up Call”) in which I discuss former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s heartfelt analysis of the… Read More

Listen to Michael Oren

As a noted historian and a member of the Knesset, the views of Michael Oren should have considerable weight (“It’s Time to Stop Demonizing Michael Oren,” July 10). His accurate description of the interaction between President Barack Obama and the leaders of Israel, which have been detrimental to U. S.-Israeli relations, discloses the arrogance of… Read More

What Are Synagogue’s Motives?

This letter is in response to the unenlightened claims by Janet Abramowitz (Your Say, July 17) about the community’s motivations for opposing the proposed synagogue on Stevenson Road. The synagogue proposing a building on Stevenson Road is tasked with convincing Baltimore County that the development meets the intent and general welfare of the neighborhood. Their… Read More

Israel: Always Alone, Always Excluded

Rarely do remarks on polarizing topics open people’s minds these days, as our nation becomes ever more divided along political fault lines. Yet this month, Rabbi Moshe Hauer connected with nearly 2,000 people who gathered at Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion, an Orthodox synagogue in the heart of Baltimore’s Jewish Community. He reached people intellectually and… Read More

The Iran Deal’s Many Dangers

My long tenure as national director of the Anti-Defamation League is at an end. It has been a highly satisfactory and meaningful 28 years as director and 50 years as a professional at this prestigious organization. So why did I choose to write an article on my last day? It is the same imperative that… Read More

A Poll for Everyone

As in any political campaign, Jewish supporters and opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement are promoting the results of opinion polls to support their position. But how reliable are those polls? And why is it that polling results on the same issue are so dramatically different? One poll, conducted by the liberal group J Street,… Read More