The Danger of Inaction

Ideology matters. People act according to what they believe. If you believe in the Golden Rule, you will treat others accordingly. If you believe infidels should have their heads chopped off, you will chop off their heads, given the opportunity (“Islamic State Beheads Again,” Sept. 5). It is the obligation of the infidels (Christians, Jews,… Read More

JT Misses Mark with Fein’s passing

It was with incredulity and dismay that the Jewish Times has omitted any mention of the passing of Leonard (Leibel) Fein. He was not only a figure of national importance for American Jewry (co-founder of Moment Magazine and founder of MAZON; A Jewish Response to Hunger), but also Baltimore born and raised. Indeed, his father… Read More

Shemitah Is Coming! Shemitah Is Coming!

As the month of Elul — a time of reflection and preparation — draws to an end, I am followed with a different sense of excitement for this coming year on the Jewish calendar. Just as every seventh day of the week is supposed to be a Shabbat from the other six, so too every… Read More

Please Be Kind

I recently experienced my first anti-Semitic incident in five years of living here in Baltimore.  It happened at The 8×10, my favorite venue to hear great music. I was grooving to a real funky band, and I was wearing my kippah as I always do. Out of nowhere, a drunk but tough-looking guy came over… Read More

Be Visible; Make a Pledge

Is giving less valuable or rewarding when we as givers cannot always directly see or view the results of our generosity? I personally have had the privilege over my lifetime to contribute financially and to serve with hundreds of people who have given of themselves to help others. It is easy to see the deep… Read More

­Seeing Red at Ohio University

Ohio University Student Senate President Megan Marzec made headlines last week when she responded to the university president’s ALS ice bucket challenge by pouring a bucket of blood-colored water over her head. Speaking in her official capacity as a student leader, she said the stunt was intended to send “a message of student concern of… Read More

A Quiet But Vital Role

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  Last week, President Obama outlined his strategy for dealing with the Islamic State insurgents who have swept through and now occupy parts of Syria and Iraq. In his primetime speech, the president promised that the United States will work “with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy”the Islamic State. Ten Arab countries… Read More

Let’s Focus on Peace in Our Homes, Neighborhoods

As the sun sets on 5774, it might help to take a look back at all that’s transpired in the Jewish world over the past year and, with an eye to 5775, what is left to be accomplished. The year has seen some notable departures, including those of “rabbi to the stars” Rabbi Philip Berg… Read More

Jewish Settlements Part of Solution

The Sept. 12 editorial “Settlements as Punishment?” suggests that the administrative action taken by Israel to designate 1,000 acres of public lands on the West Bank as “state land” was unwise. In arriving at that conclusion, the JT apparently gave undue deference to perverse and misguided Obama administration statements aimed at undermining the fundamental right… Read More

Educating Campus Advocates for Israel

We are fortunate that Jewish students on our Maryland campuses have not encountered the boycott, divestment and sanctions rhetoric that other national campuses have experienced (“Bucking the Trend,” Sept. 12).   However, we cannot sit quietly on the sidelines. To ensure our students are prepared, The Associated’s Israel Engagement Center implemented several initiatives to provide… Read More