Everyday Miracles


The Hebrew phrase nes gadol hayah sham, “a great miracle happened there,” is widely heard as Jews worldwide celebrate Chanukah. It punctuates every game of dreidel. The story of the great miracle — of one day’s worth of oil burning for eight days in the ancient Temple — is passed down from generation to generation…. Read More

Maryland, Israel Share Cyber Security Strengths

“In the cyber domain there are no sirens,” Prime Minister Netanyahu told Israel’s fourth annual international cyber security conference last month, according to the The Jerusalem Post. Case in point is “Operation Cleaver,” a suspected Iranian hacking cabal that has targeted 16 countries, including the U.S. and Israel for two years. U.S. security firm Cylance,… Read More

The ‘Israeli Example’

The release on Dec. 9 of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s interrogation of terror suspects showed that the agency’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” was both less effective and more brutal than originally claimed. With its details of waterboarding, sleep and sensory deprivation and other abuses, the 528-page report, redacted from… Read More

Reaching Across the Aisle


What should we make of the Dec. 10 “partnership” announcement by Israel’s Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog and Tnuah Party’s Tzipi Livni? Is Herzog a shrewd pragmatist who is willing to share power in order to oust Benjamin Netanyahu from the prime minister’s office? Or is he a just another politician who in an attempt… Read More

But by My Spirit

It is a common scene in the United States at this time of year. The shopping malls, television commercials and all public venues are transformed visually. As Dec. 25 approaches, we see the evidence that we do indeed live in a predominantly Christian country. Images of Santa Claus and his reindeer, evergreen trees with dazzling… Read More

Let the Light Shine

Editorial Director

Judging by the work of famous Baltimorean Edgar Allen Poe, the unknown realm that’s bordered between reality and imagination is indeed a frightening one. “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before,” his narrator says in “The Raven.” Indeed, in the language… Read More

Israel’s Emerging Muslim-majority Ally

Beginning in the early 1990s, Turkey became the one Muslim-majority country that maintained a robust strategic relationship with Israel. The two countries developed strong trade ties. Israel helped update the Turkish air force, and Turkey allowed the Israeli air force to train in its airspace. There were major plans underway to further upgrade strategic ties…. Read More

Clothes Make the Story

To Paraphrase Mark Twain, “Clothes make the [story].” Throughout the course of this week’s Torah portion, references to clothing accentuate and propel the unfolding drama. As the parshah opens, the tension between Joseph and his brothers reaches its boiling point. They conspire to kill him out of jealousy, for he is their father’s favorite son,… Read More

Life-or-Death Struggle

Editorial Director

When Brittany Maynard, the woman with terminal brain cancer who moved to Oregon so that she could end her life under that state’s “death with dignity” provisions, took her story to the media in the form of YouTube videos, she reignited a debate about the propriety of governments allowing doctors to participate in what many… Read More

Let’s Not Lose This Important Event

The Baltimore community is in danger of losing a unique and underappreciated event, and few people seem to be aware. The Pearlstone Beit Midrash — the brain-child of Aaron Shamberg, which was developed by Jakir Manela, executive director of the Pearlstone Center, into an event attended by close to 200 people annually — will not… Read More