A Letter To The Government

Police are armed to protect the people. Without armed police there is no public protection. Why do all federal buildings have armed guards? Why are government employees protected by armed guards? Why do the Fortune 1000 companies have armed guards in their lobbies? Why are government officials protected by armed guards? Given perceived threats “you”… Read More

‘You Need Help’ Helpful

Mental illness must be unstigmatized. There are gaping invisible black holes between minutes, hours, days, months and sometimes years of indecision on whether or not to seek help. The fear of being permanently labeled or mislabeled by health professionals has tragically deterred adults and parents with children in debilitating pain from seeking treatment. The Jewish… Read More

Smiling At Sandy Hook?

Upon reading and reviewing the photos accompanying your timely and enlightening piece “Sandy Hook Fallout,” (Jan. 11), I was stunned to notice three women smiling and laughing at the scene unfolding in front of them. I remain at a loss to discern what they find so funny about soldier [Tzviel] Blankchtein demonstrating his self-defense strategy…. Read More

Hagel Appointment A Disappointment

Chuck Hagel’s record as far as Israel and the American Jewish community indicates that his selection will be a disaster for our relations with the Jewish state. Even more important is what this tells us about the innate feelings of our now lame-duck president.   His appointment of Chuck Hagel tells the entire story, and those… Read More

Reaction To Hagel, Shameful

The reaction of far-right American Jews to Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary (“Jury Out On Hagel,” Jan. 18) was hysterical and shameful. On most Israeli Internet news sites thousands of comments are posted every week accusing anyone who does not agree with the Netanyahu government of being an anti-Semite and any Jew who voted… Read More

Tip Of The Hat To JT

It is a pleasure to look forward to receiving the “new” Jewish Times each week. From the editorials and news to the sports articles, the Jewish Times publication is better than ever! We are enjoying David Snyder’s sports features. “Fitness Faux Paus” (Jan. 11) brought us laughs. “Big On Perspective” (Jan. 11) brought tears and… Read More

Touchdown, Teacher!

I grew up in Baltimore, went to school at Pimlico and Western High and attended the University of Maryland. I left town in 1979 to work as a writer in Los Angeles. My first day at the Disney Studio, a secretary looked up from my paperwork and said, “Baltimore? That’s a good place to be… Read More

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