Adding Power To Veterans Day

I heartily concur with Joshua Runyan’s call for some form of mandatory civilian service as a way to honor the dedication of our veterans (“We Need to Do More,” Nov. 6). Another suggestion: In some state and municipal localities, Election Day is a day off from work for state/school employees. Veterans Day is a national… Read More

Will the Real J.K. Please Stand Up?

The JT’s Nov. 6 issue mentions J.K. Rowling’s opposition to a cultural boycott of Israel (The Seen). I thought your readers should know what Rowling had to say about Israel on Twitter, illustrating that she is scarcely a supporter of Israel. “The Palestinian community has suffered untold injustice and brutality. I want to see the… Read More

Grand Reopening Is My Mall Wish

Regarding the JT’s article “Doors Closing Opens Up Mall’s Future” (Nov. 6), I definitely hope Owings Mills Mall is redeveloped with the existing structure and the J.C. Penney remains. While I’m disappointed with the Macy’s closure, at least there is one Macy’s store still in the area at Security Square. But there is no other… Read More

A Proud Partnership

We were thrilled to see the article about Revital Shimoni visiting Chizuk Amuno’s Goldsmith Early Childhood Education Center (“A Guest from Ashkelon,” Oct. 30) while in town recently with her husband, Ashkelon’s Mayor Itamar Shimoni. That event, sponsored by The Associated’s Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership, was part of the couple’s visit to Baltimore to learn about our… Read More

Better the Servant than the Student Parshat Chayei Sarah

“You can’t find decent help these days!” This is a common complaint heard in middle-class homes, particularly in Jewish kitchens during the season of preparations for Passover. Happily, my wife and I have been blessed, over the years, with some excellent domestic help. Usually, they were African-American women who were not only honest, efficient and… Read More

A Test for the Big Tent

What is an individual’s responsibility for decorum inside an open tent of the Jewish community? And how should the community respond to peaceful demonstrations within its walls? These questions were put to the test recently at a public event in Pittsburgh, where Israeli Consul General Yaron Sideman spoke at the Jewish Community Center. In advance… Read More

We Need to Do More

Nearly one in 10 Americans — 9 percent, to be exact — served in the armed forces during World War II, but according to the Pew Research Center, in the post-draft world in which the United States relies on a professional volunteer military, just .5 percent of the public has served during any given point… Read More

Today’s Civil Rights Issues, Yesterday’s Heroes

As Baltimore faces unresolved racial issues, we who love this city can draw inspiration from two local Jewish heroes of the civil rights movement. To Baltimoreans of the 1960s, Malcolm Sherman and Rabbi Morris Lieberman exemplified the ethical teachings of Hillel. “If I am not for myself, who is for me? And if I am… Read More

For Dour Duo, Baseless Hatred

We are taught in Hebrew School that the Second Temple was destroyed on account of sinat chinam (baseless hatred ), such as that triggered by petty vindictiveness. The JT has offered a contemporary instantiation of this. I refer to recent Your Say letters by Nelson Marans (“Where’s the Respect?” Oct. 9)  and David Gitlitz (“Letter… Read More

‘Peace’ Groups? Anything But

With one child entering college next fall and another entering in two years, I am truly disgusted by stories of anti- Israel groups masking as “peace groups” (such as Jewish Voice for Peace),  or even as groups claiming to be Jewish and demanding the right to present their anti-Semitic views right in the very place… Read More