Building on the Positive

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Jewish history is rich with stories of families making great sacrifices for the sake of their children’s education. In many communities, education was the last thing to go, even as the “Old Country” depredations of poverty and government- sponsored anti-Semitism robbed people of their livelihoods and homes. It was not unheard of for struggling parents… Read More

The Choices We Make

This Shabbat, we read the beginning of the Torah, Parashat Bereishit. This text is about creation. On the first day, God created light and darkness. Each day God created something new such as the waters, the grass and the trees. After that, He created the sun, the moon and the stars, followed by birds in… Read More

The Light That Is Israel

This week’s haftarah is from the Book of Isaiah, chosen because it refers to the creation of the world. In the Torah portion, G-d creates light and darkness for the entire universe. In the haftarah, Isaiah says, “I will turn darkness before them to light.” Here, the darkness refers to the Israelites not obeying G-d’s… Read More

History Lesson, Part II

Baltimore City College (previously known by other names) was at more than the two locations described in “Baltimore City College Celebrates 175 Years” (Oct. 10) — primarily Courtland Street, Holliday and Fayette streets, Howard and Centre streets  (not Eutaw & Centre streets as mentioned in the article) and The Alameda.   “The Castle on the… Read More

History Lesson, Part I

I enjoyed reading “Baltimore City College Celebrates 175 Years” (Oct. 10), but a correction is in order. “The Castle on the Hill” opened in 1929, not 1939. It cost about $3 million to build. [Editor’s note: The school at that location — The Alameda — actually opened in 1928, according to the school’s website.] Jerome… Read More

A Story of Inspiration

I found Allie Freedman’s article on Ben Goldstein (“Beyond the Stutter,” Oct. 10) very inspiring. He is a wonderful role model for positive thinking. Keep up the good work, Ben.   John Heyn Owings Mills

Two Associations Target Jewish Stutterers

As a person who stutters I was thrilled to read your article “Beyond the Stutter” (Oct. 10) about Baltimore native Ben Goldstein, whose story is inspirational and puts a human face to stuttering. Goldstein’s personal journey with stuttering is compelling and will serve to help other people who stutter. I would also like to mention… Read More

Targeting the Islamic State’s Bottom Line

Speaking before the United Nations last week, President Barack Obama pledged to lead a global coalition of countries committed to degrading and destroying the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Alongside airstrikes, train-and-equip programs for moderate rebels and efforts to stop the flow of fighters into and out of the region, the president added that… Read More

What the Gaza War Taught Us

I was in Israel with my congregation when the Gaza War broke out. We had just sat down for our farewell dinner when we heard the red alert. Rockets from Gaza were on their way. The staff calmly directed us to its safe room. Thankfully, Iron Dome intercepted all the rockets, and we returned to… Read More

Searching for Opportunities Among Contradictions

In the Middle East today, the enemy of my enemy is also my enemy, and every action — including doing nothing — produces a negative reaction. For example, American disengagement in Iraq and refusal to intervene in the Syrian civil war have been identified as the root causes of the rise of the so-called Islamic… Read More