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

Israel’s ‘Super’ Half-Minute

Last year, it was the most watched television event in U.S. history with almost 111 million viewers. And in 2013, Israel will be represented. The Olympics? Nope. Hint: It’s the American version of the ancient spectacles at the Roman Coliseum. Yes, it’s the Super Bowl, and late in the fourth quarter of this year’s broadcast,… Read More

Support Human Rights In Hungary

Once counted among Central European countries making a steady transition from communism to liberal democracy, Hungary is increasingly a cause for concern. Much of that concern focuses on the anti-Semitism and racism of politicians belonging to the country’s far-right Jobbik party, the third largest in Parliament, and the government’s weak or non-existent response to mounting… Read More

The Notable Mr. Lew

What’s notable about Jack Lew as President Barack Obama’s choice for treasury secretary is not that he is an Orthodox Jew who will somehow be a novelty in government. Lew is a 30-year Washington veteran, with impressive experience in government. Among other things, he is a former budget director for Presidents Obama and Clinton and… Read More