Playtime For Entrepreneurship

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During Chanukah, I asked my 5-year-old how many candles we needed for two chanukiot on the fourth night. While he calculated, my 3-year-old daughter told me she would get the box of candles. I watched, mouth agape, as she walked to the china cabinet, nimbly operated the child lock, reached over my great-grandmother’s pink antique… Read More

Discovering The Joy Of Hillel

A little over three years ago, I was going through the exciting and stressful process of applying to colleges; there were many factors involved, but a strong Hillel was not one of them, although I had grown up as part of a Reform Jewish Community. Certainly, I wanted a place to go for services during… Read More

‘Descendants Of Apes And Pigs’

In 2010, Mohamed Morsi, then a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and not yet Egypt’s president, told a TV interviewer that Israelis were “bloodsuckers” and “the descendants of apes and pigs.” Caught on video at a rally the same year, Morsiexhorted Egyptians to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” for Jews and Zionists…. Read More

Addressing America’s Gun Problem

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With the announcement of his gun-control agenda last week, President Barack Obama offered the country a reasonable, measured approach to tackling America’s gun problem. The president’s emphasis on universal background checks and a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines is a good  place to start. The National Rifle Association’s uncompromising response to the… Read More

Why I Hate Technology

I’m old enough to have learned to type on an Apple IIe and to have saved my files on eight-inch floppy disks. But I’m young enough to still be at least as, if not more, technologically adept than my children. I can pretty easily learn and find new programs and best practices on the computer,… Read More

Coming To Judaism

In this week’s parasha, Bo, Moshe is instructed to approach Pharoah. The word, “Bo” is in the imperative form, denoting that a male is asked to come to a particular place or person. One can wonder why the word “Bo,” meaning come, is used at the beginning. It seems that a better word would have… Read More

Stop Abbas

As the child of parents who survived the concentration camps, I  have dedicated my academic career and my clerical calling to educate the next generation to learn the lessons of the Nazi horrors. The first lesson of the Holocaust is that the murder of six million Jews in 21 nations did not begin with an… Read More

Congratulations, Ken!

A very good article (“Life of CHAI,” Dec. 21). My father, Ephraim Freedman, was one of the founders of the Fallstaff Improvement Association and was also the president of the association as well and one of its most active members for over 30 years ago. He also was the head of the membership committee. My… Read More

A Home Run For Jews

Thank you for printing Dr. Rafael Medoff’s article in the Jan. 4 Jewish Times on Baltimore native Babe Ruth’s participation in a 1942 declaration denouncing  Hitler’s “policy of cold-blooded extermination of the Jews,”  I wish to note a minor error.  The advertisement was published on Dec. 28, 1942, not Dec. 22, as stated in the… Read More

Food Stamp Challenge

At a recent meeting sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council, I became aware of what is known as the Food Stamp Challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to raise awareness of — and support for — anti-poverty advocacy by requiring participants to live for a week on the budget of a food stamp recipient:… Read More