A Revered Jewish Agency Closes

When the Jewish Education Services of North America (JESNA) closes its doors at the end of the month, it will be a quiet end for an agency that loomed large in the field of Jewish education for more than three decades. Founded in 1982, New York-based JESNA was the Jewish federation system’s central address for… Read More

Help Comes From God

The story is told that Itzhak Perlman once came on stage to play a violin concerto. Having contracted polio at age 4, greatly impacting his ability to walk, he made his way across the stage laboriously using his crutches. He laid the crutches down, picked up his Soil Stradivarius and began tuning the instrument. All… Read More

Just Rhetoric

I understand the JT has to consider all views, but regarding “The Dam Is Breaking” (Your Say, May 31), this is more of that J Street, self-hating-Jew rhetoric. Norman Wolfe Pikesville

Apologetics

You don’t construct a good theology on bad apologetics. … Martin Stern’s May 31 letter (“Surprised”) is a tip-top example of a parochial mentality. He unabashedly places in the mouth of Maimonides words that Rambam never wrote but most likely were set forth by some commentator’s opinion as what the Rambam had intended to mean…. Read More

In Response

In response to Martin Stern’s “Surprised” and Joseph Feld’s “Agree to Disagree” stringently idiosyncratic take on the “cross-dressing” verse of Deuteronomy 22:5 (Your Say, May 31), Rambam did not say what Mr. Stern attributes to him about the wearing of tzizit by women. To further elaborate, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s grandchild, Tzipporah Twersky, back when… Read More

He Didn’t Stop The Perpetrators

Kevin Kamenetz, you had my favor until the part in the article describing how you faced the public safety challenge by rushing off to seek a ban on assault weapons, limit magazines to 10 rounds and increase background checks on handgun purchases after two children brought pistols to school and the Connecticut school killings occurred… Read More

More On Home Care

Shoshana Krupp’s informative article about home care seems to indicate that recipients do not need to meet medical eligibility requirements to receive home care (“Health At Home,” May 31). In fact, recipients must prove medical necessity if their care is funded via long-term care insurance or veterans’ benefits. While home care is an optimal approach,… Read More

Can You Spell Knaidel?

I’d be interested in knowing if any of the local Jewish comics (“Humor Us,” May 31) capitalized on the recent Scripps National Spelling (kvelling) Bee’s winning word knaidel (“How Do You Spell Knaidel,” June 7). Knaidel knowledge evolved into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a stand-up comedian. Rae Rossen Owings Mills

Pushing To Be Un-“Stuck”

Mazel Tov to Simone Ellin for her thorough and touching article “New Documentary Shines Spotlight on Flawed International Adoption System” (May 31). This is a crucial time for children languishing in orphanages worldwide. Ministry to the orphan is a tenet in Christian scripture and in the practice of most churches. We are taught to care… Read More

Note By Note

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Perhaps one of the most important rules of outreach is to meet them where they are. The journey along which one learns and integrates values and practices of tradition into their life requires a multitude of incremental steps and should start with something familiar. I want to share a snapshot of one journey over the… Read More