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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

05/14/2015 | | Opinion

As I heard the devastating news of the passing of Belda Lindenbaum in Manhattan this week, I recalled a leader whose presence lit up the faces of all who surrounded her. She had a profound love of Judaism and the Jewish people, and insisted that we pursue an ethical, meaningful, just, Jewish life as the most valued priority.

05/14/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The conversation around legislating or limiting the practice of metsitsah b’peh, the oral suction by the mohel on a circumcision wound, has largely framed the issue as one of religious freedom, as secular government trying to unreasonably, and perhaps even unconstitutionally, proscribe protected religious ritual: the Department of Health vs. charedi and other Orthodox groups; the government against Judaism. 

05/13/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Every individual has the right to access and express his or her Judaism in a personal and meaningful way. This is an expansive and inclusive vision, but mere platitude unless we move to make it reality.

05/12/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The future of Israeli-Palestinian peace based on a two-state solution and pro-Israel advocacy in support of that goal are at a crossroads.

05/12/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Ten years ago, I woke up with a terrible pain in my arm that I could not eliminate with over-the-counter medicines. After going through a full battery of tests and consulting with a number of specialists, I was told, “Although we could give you medicine to alleviate the pain, what you really need is surgery on your spine — because that is the really the source of the problem. The pain in the arm is only a symptom. If we cure only the symptom, the disease will continue to spread.” 

05/07/2015 | | Opinion

This week has been quite a week for our city.  We are a community that is so cloistered.  Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods and we rarely venture out beyond our own.  The last time I was in the Sandtown-Winchester area was our first week in Baltimore when we were welcomed to the city by having our car towed.  I went with my wife to pick up the car in the evening, but the emptiness and abandoned homes caused us to turn around – we were afraid to even get out of the car.  The next morning we picked it up.