Shun Henry Kissinger

Why would an organization dedicated to promoting “serious Jewish thought about the enduring questions of human life and the pressing challenges that confront the Jewish people” associate with a man responsible for one of the ugliest remarks ever made to an American president concerning the Jewish people? This question is prompted by the shockingly misguided… Read More

Grieving Lessons

The adage is true: There’s nothing worse than losing a child. I discovered this a year ago when we laid our beautiful daughter, Rachel, to rest after a long illness. She was 28. Having lost parents and in-laws, I thought I understood everything about grief. I was wrong. Over the past year, I’ve learned things… Read More

You Call This Peace Talks?

It would be hard to find a more mocked beginning to yet another peace process between Israelis and Palestinians. Indeed, the naysayers have it right when they say that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has no courage, is absurdly absolutist in his demands and is more afraid of compromise than most Israelis. Indeed, Abbas — whose… Read More

Lost Its Way?

One can only applaud the restarting of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank. Yet, given the other problems the U.S. currently faces in the Middle East, it is an open question as to whether Secretary of State John Kerry should have spent so much time on Israel-Palestinian peace… Read More

Unexpected Sacred Moments

Recently I returned from vacation with my family.  Before I went, I researched hotels and children’s activities, and I planned out the fastest route. I knew where the balloon festival was, what museums had special exhibits and who was available when for a visit. While on my vacation I stayed open to the mood of… Read More

John Kerry’s Accomplishment

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Many thought that in taking on Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, Secretary of State John Kerry was embarking on a fool’s errand. But after investing significant time, effort and his own reputation in the process, he was able to bring the parties to the table last week. By achieving that result, Kerry confounded the doubters, at least in… Read More

Beyond The Press Release

National Jewish organizations are famous for their press releases. But while they have mastered the email blast favored by older Jews, a provocative op-ed piece in the Algemeiner gives the organizations poor marks in managing the social media tools — Facebook, Twitter and others — favored by younger Jews. “The organizations have minimal knowledge of… Read More

The Ad Has Been Removed

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About a month ago, the Baltimore Jewish Times published an ad recruiting a managing editor. That ad has been taken down. I’m staying — at least for now. But I also moved to Kansas … on Wednesday. A few months back (if even that long), my husband and I determined that the best thing for… Read More

And Really Mean It

Regarding Simone Ellin’s article about the Zimmerman case (“Word Of The Day,” July 26): Why is President Barack Obama speaking out on such a personal, emotional level in reference to the Martin and Zimmerman jury decision? Instead of focusing on the decision of the acquittal and self-defense verdict, the president has been dwelling on a… Read More

When Someone You Know Is Depressed

Has someone ever confided in you feelings of depression? This is not uncommon. But when those feelings persist and impact a person’s health and well-being, it may be necessary to seek help. As a concerned friend or family member, you may wonder how serious the depression is, and you may feel the need to encourage… Read More