When Public Prayer Crosses The Line

It is a longstanding American custom to begin public meetings with a prayer. For some participants, the ritual serves as a reminder of the solemn work about to be undertaken. Others do so because their faith teaches that prayer can affect outcomes. And still others may find it a disturbing formality for a number of… Read More

Leading When Things Go Wrong

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Much of the current controversy surrounding the 15-year, $57 million fraud against the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany is focused on the responsibility of the organization’s leadership, which apparently didn’t discover or stop the theft even after receiving allegations about it.

One Word: Identity

Our community is undoubtedly blessed by the various opportunities available to teens, young adults and families. Many of these opportunities focus on Israel. Whether it be through travel, lectures or leadership roles, there is no question: In Baltimore, if you want to be connected to Israel, there is an opportunity that can suit both your… Read More

Beginning’s End

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My grandmother called me one rainy evening asking for help changing a light bulb. I was only 14, so I brokered a ride from my friend Chris. My grandmother’s house was a mile down the road, but the rain was torrential. This was long before her Alzheimer’s left her confused about which family members were… Read More

Health at Home

There is a common misunderstanding by many that home care and home health are the same. The difference is that home care is a nonmedical service that provides assistance with activities of daily living, and home health is a medical service providing treatment and care at home for illnesses and injuries. The options for care… Read More

Show Up!

Israel65. Celebrate! is the largest and greatest celebration of Israel in Baltimore. It is organized by volunteers from across the community and by professionals from more than two-dozen organizations. Be there!

Agree To Disagree

I am happy that Issachar Friedmann took the time to reply to my letter on halachic issues in Eretz Israel. Regarding women dressing as men [Deut. 22:5], there are many interpretations, including the prohibition on women being combat soldiers bearing arms. The plain meaning, however, is that women should not dress as men and this… Read More

Surprised

I was rather surprised by Issachar Friedmann’s claim in his May 17 letter that “the standard interpretation of the Biblical prohibition [in Deut. 22:5] applies to cross dressing, not to any single item of clothing,” when the verse appears to be quite explicit in stating, “A man’s garment [singular] shall not be worn by a… Read More

Congratulations, Mark!

As board members of the Edward A. Myerberg Center, we enjoyed your May 17 pieces about Jessica Normington, executive director of the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce, and Mark Pressman, executive director of North Oaks (“Business Briefs”). As noted, Mark serves on the Myerberg board, representing the Chamber. In this capacity, he continually seeks ways to… Read More

Quality Education

As the parents of three students who attended the Day School at Baltimore Hebrew, we wanted to take a moment to let your readers know how appreciative we are concerning the education our children received. All children have their own unique needs. After three years at the Day School, we sent our youngest child to… Read More