Trump’s Reality Candidacy

With mounting vehemence and desperation, Republican and conservative politicians and pundits are denouncing Donald Trump and his appeal to what is characterized as the lowest instincts of the American electorate. From Mitt Romney (“Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud”) to columnists George Will (“Trump is a presidential aspirant who would flunk an eighth-grade civics… Read More

With Eye to Past

Editor-in-Chief

Location, location, location. It’s the secret to so many real estate transactions, the explanation to why a two-bedroom ranch in Silicon Valley can sell for $1 million, but a five-bedroom center-hall colonial can go for $500,000 in Pikesville. Go farther down Park Heights Avenue, and that same large house might be had for $200,000 or… Read More

Time to Plug Out Parshat Vayakhel

EFRAT, Israel — Why can’t I go on Facebook on Shabbat or text my friend? I understand that it is forbidden for me to get involved in a physical action such as bricklaying or even working an eight-hour day in the office, but what kind of work is involved in a simple text to a… Read More

The Music Lives On

Editor-in-Chief

Hardly anyone would accuse members of the Jewish community of ignorance when it comes to the Holocaust — remembrance is such a large part of American Jewish life and education — but the same unfortunately cannot be said about our non-Jewish neighbors. Data provided by the Anti-Defamation League, in fact,  indicates that just 54 percent… Read More

Consider Oppenheim

Inherently I agree with the  selection versus election process for determining who will serve the judicial system for Baltimore City Circuit Court (“Sitting Circuit Court Judges Put to the Test” (Feb. 12). However, Todd Oppenheim is well suited for consideration and worthy of consideration. Let it also be suggested that anyone who was tried by… Read More

Bornfriend: A Treasure

As I was reading “Local Photographer Finds New Life Through the Lens” (Feb. 19) on Norm Dubin and his artwork, I was excited to see that Marcia Bornfriend was mentioned. I live at North Oaks, where Marcia works part time as an art instructor. Just as Norm Dubin has found new life through the lens,… Read More

Days of Confusion

Regarding the JT’s “A Leap Year of Faith” (Feb. 26) about leap days and years in both Hebrew and solar calendars, it seems as though this year Adar 1 has 30 days, but Adar 2 has 29. I believe the Hebrew months of Cheshvan and Kislev can also have either 29 or 30 days. This… Read More

It’s Not ‘My Maryland’

Because of a split with community ranks, Art Abramson and the Baltimore Jewish Council may be hesitant to weigh in on the “Death with Dignity” bill (“Legislators, Advocates Rally for End-of-Life Option Act,” Feb. 4) before the Maryland Senate and House, but there is another issue in which, as Jews, they should be leading the… Read More

Connecting with Israel Up Close and Personal

In Israel, I had no immediate family, no meaningful experience of the culture, society or language, a small social network and barely a professional network. Very few jobs in  Israel would provide me the same salary as what I was making in New York, and moving to Israel would mean starting largely from scratch. And… Read More

Bipartisan Voices Behind Restitution Efforts

Last year in Washington, D.C., we marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. We celebrated the 25th anniversary of German reunification. We awarded the Monuments Men — made famous by Hollywood — with the Congressional Gold Medal. As the children of immigrants and members of the House  Foreign Affairs Committee, we… Read More