Step Up for Jewish Students

The BDS movement is exploding on college campuses for many reasons (“Fighting BDS on America’s Campuses,” Jan. 20). Colleges have become hotbeds of left-wing radicalism, and the current cause celebre is supporting the Palestinians and Hamas, one of the most vicious Islamic terrorist organizations. Even the prior administration had to brand Hamas a terrorist organization…. Read More

Half In, Half Out

To the powers that be at the Woodmont Country Club. I think I have a solution to your conundrum (“Woodmont Not Playing Its ‘A’ Game,” Jan. 20). Since Barack Obama is biracial, you can do the politically correct thing and accept that half of him that is black for membership; as to the part of… Read More

Pray for Our Country

In the “Give Trump a Chance” Your Say letter (Jan. 27), Z. Lois Madow wants to know what there is to protest against. Here are just a few things: > For planning to throw thousands of people off their health plans. > For planning to foul our air, water and soil by overturning regulations that… Read More

Punishing Muslims for Being Muslim

Most of the organized Jewish community, along with most civil libertarians, shuddered as the new administration issued an executive order effectively targeting Muslims who want to immigrate to the United States. The order suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days for review. It permanently bans immigration of Syrian refugees. It calls for a… Read More

Rabbi for Rent

Rabbi Yona Metzger, the man who was the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel from 2003 to 2013, is going to jail. Although he pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, breach of trust and tax offenses — which earned him a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence and a fine of $1.3 million — he was actually charged with… Read More

Genealogy Only Goes So Far Parshat Bo

Why is the killing of the firstborn the final, and most significant, plague? True, it brought death into every household, rattling Egypt at its foundations, but certainly the plagues of hail — really, fire in blocks of ice falling from the sky — or total, crippling darkness for three days and nights were not inconsequential… Read More

Three Important Things about Inclusion

I am a college student in the Washington, D.C., area and throughout the years have thought extensively about inclusion and disabilities. When I was 4, my family learned that I was on the autism spectrum; and I’ve attended a variety of special education programs, such as the Sulam program housed at the Torah School of… Read More

People of the Book Never Change, Pikesville, Never Change

Last year, to my astonishment, I started attending a synagogue. I won’t say its name, but it’s an urban synagogue full of exemplary people of principle who realize that Jewish values mean little unless they can be practiced in the world, ministering to people who do not have the advantages of the smug isolation that… Read More

People of the Book Barack Obama: Jew

When you read “Dreams from My Father,” the first thing to strike you is the freedom with which Obama’s family shaped its identity. Obama’s story is one of self-discovery. No Jew discovers himself, he’s told what he is from birth and discovers his place within his roots. The Dunhams, uprooted by the Great Depression, move… Read More

Too Many Lines Being Drawn

One of us is Orthodox; the other Reform. One of us is active in J Street and the other is a member of the Zionist Organization of America. On matters relating to peace and security in Israel, our perspectives are vastly different. What draws the two of us together is recognition that we are each… Read More