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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. 

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

Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal, stories began to appear about the State of Israel sending a large medical team to the area. This is not an unusual story. Whenever natural disasters occur, Israeli experts are among the first and among the most competent on the scene.

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

I heard my voice crack with unexpected emotion last week when I participated in a panel discussion at a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the ordination of women as rabbis in the Conservative movement. It was a fine panel with Blu Greenberg, the force behind Orthodox feminism; Alisa Doctoroff, president of the board of UJA-Federation of New York; and Arnold Eisen, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, as moderator. Our topic was how the ordination of women by the seminary had impacted the Conservative movement and the larger American Jewish community.

05/04/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal, stories began to appear about the State of Israel sending a large medical team to the area. This is not an unusual story. Whenever natural disasters occur, Israeli experts are among the first and among the most competent on the scene.

04/30/2015 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I have a good friend, a professional in the financial world and a mensch: soft spoken, kind and a scholar. Beyond being a true expert in his field, he has a passion for world affairs in general and the State of Israel in particular. Therefore, he spends a lot of his free time studying the nuances and complexities of the region (yes, it's not all black and white, despite what you may have heard) and enjoys sharing his views with peers, community members and even government officials at times.