What Sean Spicer must do next

Passover is a holiday of blood and fire, of sacrifice and Exodus, of when the Jewish people sit around the dining room table to celebrate the violent triumph of our Israelite ancestors over our ancient Egyptian oppressors. Some holidays are raucous, like Purim, and some are somber, like Yom Kippur. But not Passover. This is… Read More

Journey from slave laborers to displaced persons

The online Virtual Jewish Library states with an encyclopedia-like certainty that the last day of the Holocaust was May 8, 1945. You might recognize the date as the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies. This is inaccurate. We’re not just splitting hairs here. The British liberated Bergen-Belsen, for example, on April 15, 1945…. Read More

For the love of the Earth

In Shemini, the Torah portion read the world over this week — ending with Earth Day this Shabbat — Aaron’s two sons, Nadav and Avihu, are instantly consumed by God’s fire for a seemingly innocuous error as they attempt to perform the ritual of the mishkan. Readers of the text are often stunned by the… Read More

Is Taylor Force the right approach?

In March 2016, a 29-year-old former U.S. Army officer named Taylor Force was fatally stabbed in Jaffa, Israel, reportedly by a Palestinian resident of the West Bank, who was himself killed. The attack came during the so-called Knife Intifada carried out by mostly young Palestinians. In death, Taylor Force lent his name to a Senate… Read More

Spicer’s Yom Hashoah lesson

It would be simple to play the moral outrage card on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s confused comparison of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons and Adolf Hitler’s refraining from gassing enemy troops on the battlefield (but killing millions of Jews with that method to effect his Final Solution). But we detect… Read More

Letters April 20, 2017

JDL is the disgrace I am writing in response to “JDL has backbone” (April 6) praising the JDL for violently reacting to protesters at AIPAC and claiming that these protesters are a disgrace to our community. While I do not agree with many of the protesters claims and statements, I do believe that as Jews… Read More

Something’s rotten in ‘Capital City’ Rockville’s Lee Hurwitz novelizes the years of D.C. Mayor Marion Barry

Washington city government in the 1980s under the leadership of Mayor Marion Barry was “one big insane asylum,” says author and former District of Columbia employee Lee Hurwitz. That is also the takeaway from Hurwitz’s novel, “Capital City,” which he co-wrote with attorney Tim Treanor. The book focuses on fictional Washington Mayor Wendell Watson, a… Read More