Lighting a Fire

When we enter this week’s parsha, Beha’alotecha, God is speaking for the first time from inside theMishkan (Tabernacle), from the space above the ark. God instructs Moses to tell Aaron that he should mount and light the lamps of the menorah and to show Aaron how to do so.

Step Back

Harsh words in the Israeli Knesset and fisticuffs at the Western Wall have come to define the growing alienation of secular and ultra-Orthodox (haredi) Jews in Israel and of the political struggle under way regarding haredi participation in the national political and economic life of the country.  For many non-haredi Israelis, the ultra-Orthodox are seen… Read More

Smart Meters Unwise

I would like to add my two cents regarding your article critical of BGE’s plan to replace our present analog meters with the so called smart meters (“Smart Meters: Dumb Choice,” April 5). There are several concerns with these meters. The most popular objection is to the potential health hazards of the microwave rad-iation they… Read More

Misbegotten

Joseph Feld’s spirited defense of Haredi practice (“Jewish law for Israel,” May 5 ) is misbegotten. For example, he offers the clothing ban of Deuteronomy 22:5 as halachic justification for those offended by the sight of the Women of the Wall draping themselves in a tallit. First of all, the standard interpretation of the Biblical… Read More

Like All Other Nation

With regard to the proposal of electing a “moderate chief rabbi … to help move toward gradual change in policies and procedures” (“Anticipating A New Israeli Chief Rabbi,” May 5), Israel is subscribing to the concept of n’hiyeh k’chol hagoyim, let us be as all the other nations.  Let the State of Israel be like… Read More

Yeah, What About Caregivers?

I share Benjamin J. Dubin’s concern about the unaffordability of home-care services for the majority of our community (“What About Caregivers?,” letters, May 3). The senior population is increasing at a very swift pace. Will our community be ready for this oncoming avalanche of seniors in need of support services? How will we come to… Read More

Torah and Liberty

On a recent outing with my students to visit the extraordinary National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, we took a short detour to the Liberty Bell Center, which sits conveniently across Independence Mall from the NMAJH.  There is tremendous symbolism to the balance of the particular story of the Jewish people in America… Read More

Renewed Interest

As a follow-up to Suzanne Pollak’s article, “Empowered” (May 5), it was great to relive Tsega Melaku’s amazing journey from Ethiopia to becoming a powerhouse within Israel’s Ethiopian-Jewish community.

Spring Safety Lesson

This is a letter/article submitted to The Baltimore Sun, before Mel Pachino’s accident (“Pikesville Pharmacist Mel Pachino Struck By Car, In Critical Condition,” online only, May 5), but it is very relevant here, too. The recent accident involving jogger Dr. Ted Houck (and now bicyclist Mel Pachino) brings to the forefront safety while running and… Read More

Welcoming An Old Friend

I want to thank the Baltimore Jewish Times and Maayan Jaffe for the beautiful article about B’nai Israel Congregation and our recent revitalization (“‘Over The Wire,” April 26).  I feel privileged to serve as the spiritual leader of such a unique and special community, especially at this time of exciting and unprecedented growth.