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With its recent judgment against Arab Bank, a New York jury has potentially paved the way for justice in the form of significant financial penalties against the bank and compensatory payments to victims of terror and their families. We see this as a significant decision — one that through the legal process will enable victims… Read More

A Hunger for Justice

By many indicators, America is recovering from the recession that hit six years ago. The reported rates of employment, the GDP and the stock market are all moving in a positive direction. But when it comes to food security — the ability of Americans to feed themselves and their families — things are still far… Read More

Don’t Lose Sight of Terror’s Human Impact

In the wake of the historic verdict by a federal court in Brooklyn that found Jordanian Arab Bank liable for knowingly providing financial services to Hamas, it’s important to remember that the decision can be more than just a message to financial institutions doing business with terrorists. This landmark ruling should also be an incredible… Read More

Give People Hope: Restore Federal Funding for Medical Research

The failure of Congress to approve funding for the National Institutes of Health for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 is yet another blow to patients and families whose hopes for alleviating their burden of disease and disability are intertwined with groundbreaking biomedical research. On behalf of all the physicians, scientists and health professionals… Read More

Join Us for Joyful Jewish Experience

Simone Ellin’s article on the East Bank Havurah (“A Time for Renewal,” Sept. 19) reflected well the history and character of our group. I received a warm welcome upon visiting the group three years ago. As a dues-paying member since then, I have participated actively, hosting Shabbat services in my home and learning Mussar (an… Read More

Quarry Not Represented By Dissatisfied Few

Rabbi Shapiro’s article “Please Be Kind” (Sept. 19) quite properly and effectively urges that, as Jews, we remember where we came from, that we treat each other with kindness and respect and that we should look out for one another. Rabbi Shapiro referenced an incident involving a small number of residents of the Quarry who… Read More

Holocaust Plaque Is a Must-Read

Basically hidden behind Joseph Sheppard’s sculpture at Baltimore’s Holocaust Memorial is a raised plaque. It bears the best, most concise explanation of the Holocaust I have ever read, just four paragraphs, written by Dr. Deborah Lipstadt. I recommend that the plaque be moved in front of Sheppard’s sculpture so that people passing by on Lombard… Read More

Rice, Repentance Go Hand-in-Hand

In this High Holiday period of reflection, the Ray Rice imbroglio (“It’s Never Too Late to Do the Right Thing,” Sept. 12’s Opening Thoughts) offers a rare opportunity for an illuminating exploration of comparative religion. Taking nothing away from the hideous nature of domestic violence, still, the Rice case nicely crystallizes the difference between rabbinic… Read More

Following in the Acts of Our Creator

Yom Kippur is one of the most observed days in Jewish culture. The power of the day is awesome. The reality of its importance is known. The stir of thoughts and emotions leading up to it help us create the awareness of the day. One of the most central principles to Yom Kippur is asking… Read More

‘Jews, Jews, Jews’ and Proud of It

Editorial Director

Rosh Hashanah, indeed any Jewish holiday, is typically a peaceful time spent with family and at synagogue, a time to give thanks for the Almighty’s beneficence and enjoy the companionship of loved ones. But for three men walking on Old Pimlico Road last Thursday evening, peace and tranquility were relatively fleeting notions: They were fired… Read More