My Journey To Israel

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By Danielle Gelber A Jewish day school attendee since age three, I always knew about Israel. I learned about the history, the language and the culture, but still the notion of a Jewish homeland remained foreign. When I was in 10th grade, I applied to the Diller Teen Fellows Program, one of the teen leadership… Read More

Self-Reflection, Teshuvah And Return

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In the song “Gee, Officer Krupke” (“West Side Story”), Stephen Sondheim writes, “Dear kindly Sergeant Krupke, you gotta understand; It’s just our bringin’ up-ke, that gets us out of hand; Our mothers all are junkies, our fathers all are drunks; Golly Moses, naturally we’re punks!” Good luck getting that melody out of your head. I… Read More

Join Others

Thank you for addressing the issue of suicide (“From Darkness To Light,” Aug. 2). On May 10, 2001, my talented, successful, charming husband, Jerry Bloom, ended his 20-year battle with depression by taking his own life. My sons and I were very grateful to the late Rabbi Seymour Essrog for having the courage to provide… Read More

Make No Mistake

Israel's Minister of Economy and the leader of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett (left), during his visit to the Jewish city of Ariel.
(“EU Guidelines: Wake-up Call Or Roadblock?” July 26) (CREDIT: Assaf Shilo/Israel Sun/Flash 90)

Make no mistake, the new EU discriminatory rules are anti-Semitic in effect and intent (“EU Guidelines: Wake-up Call Or Roadblock?” July 26). These rules promote a particularly insidious form of anti-Semitism, singling out Jews for boycott based on where they live and turning one Jew against another. This is not surprising, given Europe’s sordid history… Read More

We Must Acknowledge

Regarding Simone Ellin’s “Opening Thoughts” (July 26) and Barbara Bloom’s letter (Aug. 2): Columns, articles and letters published here during the past few weeks have reflected the Jewish community’s compassion, identification, anger, fear and confusion toward our African-American neighbors. If we really want to find a way to get along and do right by them… Read More

It Is Excruciating

Inveterate Obama-basher Barbara Bloom’s hysterical screed (“And Really Mean it,” Aug. 2) is one of the most intrinsically disordered “extravasations” I have ever come across. Analogizing the Benghazi incident — a lethal attack on a U.S. consulate by devout political adversaries — with the Zimmerman case, in which an unarmed juvenile walking home was killed… Read More

Negative Reaction

Barbara Bloom’s letter, “And Really Mean It” (Aug. 2) … prompted many negative reactions in me. … Bloom assures us that the surveillance and subsequent shooting of Trayvon Martin “was not a racial issue.”  And yet in the exact same letter, we are told that “wise Americans” are right to fear black people because supposedly… Read More

The Rhythm Of Our Tradition

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I ushered in Elul 5772/2011 at the farm at the Pearlstone Center.  I had come to appreciate the rhythm of the Hebrew calendar during the two summers I lived there more than any other time during my life.  As I left, I thought about ways to keep myself connected to the themes and ideas that… Read More

Our Proud Community

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I arrived in Baltimore in November, leaving behind a lifetime of Jewish community engagement in the New York/New Jersey area. I had heard wonderful things about Baltimore’s Jewish Community — its generous and highly successful Jew-ish Federation (The Associated), its growing and vibrant Orthodox population, its wealth of highly respected rabbis and their synagogues, an… Read More

More Than A Timeout Needed With Russia

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With the cancellation of President Barack Obama’s meeting early next month with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the administration’s hoped-for political reset with the Russians has suffered a further setback. Obama canceled the planned bilateral meeting in Moscow shortly after Putin granted political asylum to NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. The grant of asylum to Snowden was… Read More