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

More Can Be Learned From Rice’s Demise

As the saga of former Ravens star Ray Rice continues, I keep waiting for someone to mention the role alcohol played in his current professional and personal demise (“It’s Never Too Late to Do the Right Thing,” Sept. 12). Rightfully so, the majority of commentary has focused on domestic violence. I hope that commentary will… Read More

Common Ground, Part II

I agree with Richard Schwartz’s letter (“Seek Common Ground,” Sept. 19) that what Israel needs now is a comprehensive, sustainable peace with its Arab/Muslim neighbors. I am skeptical the two-state solution will bring that peace, but if so, fine. To me, two states are a means to that end.   Schwartz says each side should… Read More

Effective Hepatitis C Treatments on the Rise

It was with great interest that I read “Gilead Sciences Comes to Capitol Hill” in the Sept. 19 issue. I’ve been caring for patients with Hepatitis C for more than 20 years. As the years have gone by, treatments have become more effective, but only with the recent release of drugs such as Solvadi (sofosbuvir)… Read More

Let the Refs Make the Call

Editorial Director

If you were lucky enough to catch Sunday’s NFC matchup between divisional rivals the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles — most Baltimore-area television sets were tuned to the Ravens’ field-goal-clinching 23-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns — it either came across as old-style football or thuggery run amok. One thing’s for sure, though: The… Read More

Nursing Them With Honey From the Rock

I’ve always thought it curious that it is customary on the holiday of Shavuot to eat foods made of sweet dairy — cheese blintzes, cheesecake and so on. In all my childhood and adult years, I never heard a reason for this that made sense. One year, in my reading of this week’s parshah, an… Read More

In the Good Old Days

It was the kind of thing you would hear from old men: “Things just ain’t the way they used to be.” “This new generation is going to hell in a hand basket.” “I remember when things were different and better, back in the good old days!” Now that I am becoming a bit older myself,… Read More