Morhaim Should Resign

Even though the legislature unanimously voted to reprimand Del. Dan Morhaim (“Morhaim Reprimanded for Ethics Issue,” March 10), he continues to justify his actions and blame others for his failings (“Your Say,” March 17). He has failed in his ability to act as an effective representative of his constituents in District 11 and demonstrated the… Read More

Keep Them Out

Regarding the JT’s editorial “Is Israel Shutting the Door on Skeptics?” (March 17), those who the anti-BDS law keeps out are not just visitors or skeptics, they are Israel’s’ enemies. BDS, as its perpetrators brag, attacks Israel by economic, diplomatic and social ostracism of its institutions, enterprises and people. One proponent claims BDS is psychological… Read More

System Has Failed Us

It was disheartening to read the “defense” by Del. Dan Morhaim (“Your Say,” March 17) of his conduct and the lack of action taken by the Ethics Committee of our state legislature. Morhaim is using the Hillary Clinton defense: I did nothing illegal; illegality is a term of criminal law; ethics is defined by Merriam-Webster… Read More

Kippah Misuse and Kippah Abuse

The kippah, the head covering also known as a yarmulke, has become shorthand for Jewish. See a man with a skullcap and, unless he’s the pope, you’ll probably assume that he’s a Jew — and you’d probably be right. That shorthand has been used in two very different ways lately. Both have shown a disregard… Read More

America the Loser with ‘America First’

In selling the new administration’s astonishingly thin budget proposal last week, Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney said that it “represents a president who is beholden to nobody but the voters.” “He is following through on his promises,” Mulvaney went on. “We did not consult with special interests on how to write this… Read More

Repetition and Renewal Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei

Why repeat, as this week’s Torah portion does, all the details of the construction of the Mishkan after we have already heard them, when they were initially commanded? Would it not have been simpler to deal with the entire execution of external building, furnishings and priestly garb with the single verse: “And the People of… Read More

In Search of Leaders

As former director of Jews for Judaism, I used to view my Orthodox Judaism as a badge of honor. I was part of a group that was upholding the values of my ancestors. I was a link to a people who had courageously refused to bow down to the gods of hatred, indifference, self-seeking and… Read More

Speak about Ethics, Not Politics

Talking about politics is toxic. Otherwise normal interactions feel tense. People are on edge. Relatives and close friends curtail their conversations, steering clear of politics, not wanting to lose their relationships. A deep partisan political and emotional divide affects us all. On both sides of this divide, people who agree speak about those who disagree,… Read More

Anti-BDS Bill Is Harmonious with First Amendment

The idea that governments can and should divest from companies that engage in behavior that is morally repugnant or that is otherwise determined to be contrary to the public interest is not controversial. Here in Maryland, this concept formed the basis for laws that in the 1980s divested the state from companies doing business in… Read More

The Task of Memory

From a young age, any child receiving a Jewish education is taught the history and lessons of the Holocaust. For those who don’t have survivors in their bloodlines, visits to the Holocaust Museum in Washington or talks from local survivors make the horror even more tangible. While I consider myself lucky that none of my… Read More