The Dam Is Breaking

Stephen Hawking’s stance on boycotting Israel ought to be commended, and apologists for the Israeli apartheid government are scrambling for arguments that haven’t been worn out from overuse and lack of credibility (“Hawking’s Other Choice,” May 17). When someone of Hawking’s stature takes this position, perhaps it is time for many to start to re-evaluate… Read More

In The End, Cheaters Always Get A Failing Grade

Raphi and I were walking home from school one day when I playfully jeered him for getting such good grades. “How do you do it?” I said with a smile. My life changed forever with his answer: “I cheat.” “You what?” My mouth dropped opened, and I just stood there staring at my friend; I… Read More

Parshat Shelach Have Faith, And No Goal Is Too Lofty

Imagine you are one of the 12 spies that were sent to scout Israel in this week’s parsha. You are “a distinguished man, one of the heads of the Children of Israel” (Numbers 13:3). Like everyone else, you’ve experienced the daily miracles in the camp of Israel: manna from the heaven like dew, water appearing… Read More

In The End, Cheaters Always Get A Failing Grade

Raphi and I were walking home from school one day when I playfully jeered him for getting such good grades. “How do you do it?” I said with a smile. My life changed forever with his answer: “I cheat.” “You what?” My mouth dropped opened, and I just stood there staring at my friend; I… Read More

Parshat Shelach Have Faith, And No Goal Is Too Lofty

Imagine you are one of the 12 spies that were sent to scout Israel in this week’s parsha. You are “a distinguished man, one of the heads of the Children of Israel” (Numbers 13:3). Like everyone else, you’ve experienced the daily miracles in the camp of Israel: manna from the heaven like dew, water appearing miraculously from the… Read More

An Honest Mistake

It was my parents’ 30th wedding anniversary. For their special day, Dad had commissioned a piece from an Italian glass blower. Mom loved fancy lamps, so Dad bought her a Morano handmade chandelier. It had cost him a pretty penny, and it had taken the artist half a year to create. You should have seen… Read More

The Mitzvah of Spring Cleaning

Aleeza Oshry

Spring is the season when we start to see new life after the cold, dark winter.  Many start preparing ground for growing gardens, while others begin rifling through closets to dispose of clutter.  With Earth Day this past Monday, CHAI Good Neighbor Day last Sunday and Baltimore Green Week ending tomorrow, many of us will… Read More

Personal Foul

David Snyder

It was a great story idea. Or so I thought … Back in March, the Milford Mill Academy’s boys basketball team captured the Class 3A state championship. The title run was led by first-year head coach Michael Silverman. Reaching out to Silverman for a profile piece seemed like a slam dunk. A local Jewish head… Read More

Bringing Outsiders In

Simone Ellin

Since joining the Baltimore Jewish Times almost two years ago, I’ve developed a reputation for being the “go-to” person for stories about people with medical and neurological disorders and differences. As a clinical social worker, my background has given me a familiarity with these kinds of topics. I enjoy combining my love for writing with… Read More

Russian Roulette In Syria

Over the last two weeks, Russia has again demonstrated that it considers Syria’s government a vital ally, a strategic asset and a regime worth saving, notwithstanding the country’s 2-year-old civil war. Russia’s shipment of advanced weaponry to the government of Bashar al-Assad could make it more difficult for the West to impose a no fly-zone… Read More