Gratitude and Perspective

This Shabbat, we begin reading the book of Deuteronomy. Every year, this portion is read on Shabbat preceding the Ninth of Av, the singular day of mourning for the destruction of the Temples, as well as calamities throughout Jewish history.  According to the Mishnah (Ta’anit 4:6), it was an event that occurred generations before the… Read More

American Democracy?

Regarding “Fusion Of Faiths” (June 21): The attacks upon the Jewish community by Christian missionary groups masquerading as Jews are deplorable and morally bankrupt. Your article highlighting this menace is commendable. Members of Jews for Judaism are a group of unsung heroes who perform an essential role in our community. A group of these well-dressed,… Read More

Disappointed

Your article “Breaking the Color Line” (June 28) brought back many memories of those times. My late father, Rabbi Abraham Shusterman, was as instrumental in planning the march on Gwynn Oak Park as were his dear friends and co-workers Rabbis Goldman and Lieberman. He was actively involved in the civil rights movement of the time,… Read More

You Don’t Remember?

Am I the only JT reader who remembers when Hebrew National made kosher beef bacon back in the 1960s? It came in vacuum-pressed packages that looked exactly like other actual pork bacon packages. Our family kept kosher so it was delicious and a real treat to fry and serve with eggs, home fries and toast…. Read More

It’s A Matter Of Truth

The whining of Z Street (“Over the Red Line?” June 28) over its alleged mistreatment by the IRS was correctly chastised by Art Abramson and Doug Bloomfield. This stagey, pity-party, political ploy is straight out of Mort Klein’s Zionist Organization of America playbook. This is not surprising, seeing that Z Street director and founder Lori… Read More

Mutual Respect, Coexistence

The rose still holds its blossoms, even after a journey of 6,000 miles and several weeks. Perhaps it’s a good omen, a sign that our visit will bring long-lasting momentum for coexistence. For the 46 Krieger Schechter eighth-graders who boarded the El Al plane in May for our school trip, setting foot on the land… Read More

A Love of Heritage, Community

At 51/2 years old, I experienced one of the hardest changes of my life. My family, which until then had resided in Haifa, Israel, moved to Baltimore. Living in Israel, Judaism was constantly a part of my life. Every Friday evening, my immediate family would accompany my saba and savtah (grandparents) to shul and later… Read More

After Egypt’s Coup

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Until last week, most of us thought we knew what a military coup d’etat was. If the army removes the civilian head of state from office, that is a coup. Still, the United States so far has not officially called the July 3 armed services overthrow of Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi a coup. One likely… Read More

Leaders Of The Future

For six decades, baby boomers have reshaped American society, as they entered each new stage of their lives. They’re about to do it again. And the possible effects already have some in the Jewish community talking — and worrying. In the next 10 years it is projected that about 90 percent of the top executives… Read More

That’s Scary

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  A colleague of mine shot a link to me the other day to an article by The Daily Currant. The title: “Paula Deen Blames ‘The Jews’ For Firing.” I must admit my brow furrowed. I proceeded to read the piece, which explained that Deen was a guest of morning host Dave Garver on Atlanta… Read More