The New Orlando Magic

Many American universities share the common problems of insufficient student housing and inadequate funding for their Hillel student centers. As recently reported by JTA, supporters of Hillel at the University of Central Florida in Orlando have come up with an approach to address both problems, which combines entrepreneurship with philanthropy. The Orlando plan deserves careful… Read More

Thank You, Jewish Baltimore

I want to thank the Baltimore Jewish Times for its coverage of our 97th annual convention, which took place on May 2 (“Happy Birthday Maryland Jewish Women,” May 10). Ellen Lightman, recipient of our E.B. Hirsh Lifetime Achievement Award, embodies the mission statement of the Federation of Jewish Women’s Organizations of Maryland. We could not… Read More

Governance, Not Austerity

In his discussion [at the Edward A. Myerberg Center], Rep. John Sarbanes [D-3] tried to put seniors at ease by telling them what they wanted to hear rather than by facing reality (“Health-Care Costs Will Stabilize,” May 3). But there will be significant changes to health-care delivery and covered procedures after new protocols are enacted…. Read More

You Asked

You asked for comments on your story “Progressive Maryland” (May 3). The left-leaning direction of our state is nothing to be proud of.  Our state is being held hostage by a few counties that are pushing the rest of the state in that direction.  In 2012, President Barack Obama only carried seven counties, and in… Read More

Science Vs. Sci-Fi

Abe Novick

On a recent Sunday afternoon, I was able to hear Adam Riess speak at Bolton Street Synagogue. Riess is the 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics for providing evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. During his presentation, which was extremely well-documented with facts and empirical data and at the same time understandable for… Read More

Connecting With Israel

Marc B. Terrill

Countless poems and songs expound upon the emotional connection many Jews have to Israel. It is a bond forged through centuries of tradition, decades of modern history and time spent with the people in the land of Israel. To ensure that future generations care for our Jewish homeland, we must plant the seeds of love… Read More

Lighting a Fire

When we enter this week’s parsha, Beha’alotecha, God is speaking for the first time from inside theMishkan (Tabernacle), from the space above the ark. God instructs Moses to tell Aaron that he should mount and light the lamps of the menorah and to show Aaron how to do so.

Step Back

Harsh words in the Israeli Knesset and fisticuffs at the Western Wall have come to define the growing alienation of secular and ultra-Orthodox (haredi) Jews in Israel and of the political struggle under way regarding haredi participation in the national political and economic life of the country.  For many non-haredi Israelis, the ultra-Orthodox are seen… Read More

Smart Meters Unwise

I would like to add my two cents regarding your article critical of BGE’s plan to replace our present analog meters with the so called smart meters (“Smart Meters: Dumb Choice,” April 5). There are several concerns with these meters. The most popular objection is to the potential health hazards of the microwave rad-iation they… Read More

Misbegotten

Joseph Feld’s spirited defense of Haredi practice (“Jewish law for Israel,” May 5 ) is misbegotten. For example, he offers the clothing ban of Deuteronomy 22:5 as halachic justification for those offended by the sight of the Women of the Wall draping themselves in a tallit. First of all, the standard interpretation of the Biblical… Read More