Human Value

It’s human nature to value everything. Being limited by space and time means that we have options, and inevitably we choose that which we value the most. Sometimes it truly is more valuable, and sometimes we allow ourselves to be fooled into thinking it is more valuable. Having come to America in my 30s allowed… Read More

Rebecca’s Greatness

This week’s parsha, toldot, focuses on the continuance of the Abrahamic line through the birth of Jacob and Esau. After a long period of childlessness, Isaac and Rebecca entreat God, and He grants Rebecca the capability to conceive. Rebecca endures a difficult pregnancy as, according to God, “Two nations are in [her] womb.” While Jacob… Read More

The Coat And A Grudge

I have always considered myself to be good at sharing, the kind of kid who lets you play with my rainbow loom if you ask. So when Sarah asked to borrow my light blue leather jacket, my favorite one with the fur lining, the jacket that I had received as a birthday gift from my… Read More

Make Calls, Please

I want to thank Marc Shapiro and Maayan Jaffe for having the courage to write the story about the difficulty in getting a traffic light by the Bais Yaakov School on Smith Avenue. I would be remiss, however, if I did not make a few comments. My purpose in pushing for this story was not… Read More

Quick Clarification

I am very appreciative to the Baltimore Jewish Times and to Gabriel Lewin for the kind coverage regarding the rededication of the gravesite of Rabbi and Rebbitzen Abraham Rice (“Ha’Posek,” Oct. 18). Rabbi Rice represents a very significant historical figure in early American Jewish history. As well, his contribution to the preservation of traditional Orthodox… Read More

Sustainable Perspectives

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Living in a country such as ours, it is often hard to remember to be thankful for the immense amount of things that we have. We tend to view modern conveniences, such as dishwashers and washing machines, as standard with little thought to what it would be like to do without — until maybe something… Read More

My Journey From Israel To Howard County

It was a Wednesday morning and my whole life was packed into a few boxes and two suitcases. I took a last look at my home in Israel, a few last pictures,  gave kisses and hugs to my loved ones, and I was on my way to the airport to start a journey of a… Read More

Not Censorship, Safety

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Violence doesn’t stop as a result of laws, it stops when people are less violent. How was Danvers High math teacher Colleen Ritzer killed last week? With a box cutter the suspect, 14-year-old Philip Chism, had brought into his Massachusetts school. Last Monday, a 12-year-old shot dead a teacher at Sparks Middle School in Nevada… Read More

Taking Aim At A Trial Balloon

The recent Pew study on American Jews has lent a sense of urgency to those who want to see Judaism flourish and affiliation rates rise in this country. In a recent op-ed in Forward, which also appeared in the Huffington Post, two leaders of the Jewish Federations of North America, the umbrella group for the… Read More

Strange Bedfellows And Marriages Of Convenience

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Is there really a serious breach between the United States and Saudi Arabia?  And if so, how far will it go? In the last two weeks, the Saudis have signaled that they want to put some daylight between themselves, on the one hand, and the U.S., the West and the United Nations Security Council, on… Read More