Origins Of Worldly Reparation

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Tikkun Olam is the hallmark of Jewish social action.  Generally translated as “repairing the world,” it is often cited as the reason for engagement in social inequities and environmental issues. It ties Jewish tradition to modern dilemmas that many feel are significant and worldly concerns that require our involvement. Searching for a better understanding of… Read More

Having A Senior Moment

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You may find yourself asking these questions: Why did I go into the kitchen? Where did I leave my keys? Did I schedule that dentist appointment? The feelings associated with these thoughts, while fleeting, can be troubling. As we age, we begin to think that these “senior moments” mean something more than just temporary forgetfulness… Read More

On The Mark With Marc

As your article demonstrates (“On The Marc,” June 14), Marc Terrill is an exceptional person and leader. I wanted to add that his leadership on the national and international level has also been exemplary.  As co-chair of World Council of Jewish Communal Service Annual Conference, Marc helped to bring several hundred Jewish professionals to Jerusalem… Read More

Tribal Judaism vs. Covenantal

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“Street Torah.” Rabbi Sidney Schwarz taught my Beth Israel Congregation and Judaic Academy teens a different way of experiencing Judaism. The lesson occurred when I took a group of Beth Israel students and students from the former Judaic Academy of Baltimore to Washington, D.C., more than 10 years ago to participate in Panim: The Jewish… Read More

The EU Bows To Hezbollah

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The European Union, comprised of 27 member countries, further diminished its own credibility as an international influence, when it failed last week to approve a British proposal to designate Hezbollah’s armed wing as a terrorist organization. The British proposal cited Hezbollah’s connection to a bus bombing in Bulgaria last summer that took six lives as… Read More

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