Synthesizing Happiness

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Dr. Daniel Gilbert, an eminent professor of psychology at Harvard University, describes a fascinating study demonstrating that one year after individuals either win the lottery or become paraplegic, their levels of happiness were the same as before those events occurred. This is a truly astounding finding, which insinuates that even events that seem to be… Read More

Why Not?

What a Maryland congressman told the Baltimore Jewish Times (“Faith In Health Care Reforms,” May 24) about all the health-care options that will be available to us in 2014 is questionable. If this is really true, why don’t our politicians have the same health-care insurance that ordinary folks have? Preferably, I want their health-care insurance…. Read More

Obstacle Course

I enjoyed your story, “Obstacle Course” (May 31), which is the current international adoption system. It focused on a Jewish couple who adopted a (non-Jewish) child from India. My question to you: Jewish couples can’t find Jewish kids to adopt, yet a Bible-thumping gentile can? Below is a copy of an email sent to Washington… Read More

Responsibility Of The Religious

I enjoyed reading your article “Empty Chairs” (June 7). It was thoughtful, balanced and informative. My concern is where you editorialized without flagging your comment as such.  You state in the section “Money Matters … Sometimes” that Maryland is not doing enough to help fund private schools, especially in comparison with neighboring states. I would… Read More

What A Day!

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As a Zionist, I am a natural dreamer. Early Zionists dreamt of a homeland for the Jewish people, who were spread out all over the world. Truly a dream come true and one of which we should all be proud. For many years, I have been active in various local, national and international organizations. My… Read More

What Does Moderation Mean?

Iran’s President-elect Hassan Rowhani wants to promote “mutual confidence” with the U.S. ( Farzaneh Khademian/ABACAPRESS. COM)

Iran’s new president-elect, Hassan Rowhani, says he seeks a “dialogue with the world.” And the 64-year-old cleric says his country should show “greater transparency” in its nuclear program and promote “mutual confidence” with its adversaries, including the United States. So far, so good. But what can we reasonably expect from Rowhani? Rowhani’s moderate language is… Read More

Thanks For The Memories

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In many ways, the past year has represented a homecoming for me. It was a year ago that I joined the staff of the Baltimore Jewish Times as a reporter. The move allowed me to return to my roots. I grew up in Pikesville, went to Milbrook Elementary School, Pikesville Middle School and Pikesville High… Read More

One More Life Changed

I grew up in Owings Mills and my parents sent me to Hebrew school. Before each session came the complaint: “Why do I have to do this if I don’t want to?” My parents would respond: “You’ll understand when you’re older.” Against my will, I worked toward my bar mitzvah, signaling the completion of my… Read More

Summer Bike Safety

Summer is here. Bicyclists once again are riding on our streets. From small banana-seat 10-inchers with training wheels to 10-speed racing bikes, we see them all. How many cyclists wear protective helmets and reflective gear? I did my own research and found that, thank God, most riders are wearing helmets. Inevitably, though, a few children… Read More

A Revered Jewish Agency Closes

When the Jewish Education Services of North America (JESNA) closes its doors at the end of the month, it will be a quiet end for an agency that loomed large in the field of Jewish education for more than three decades. Founded in 1982, New York-based JESNA was the Jewish federation system’s central address for… Read More