Security or provocation?

The separate murders of two Israeli soldiers last weekend has led to an outpouring of grief. On Sunday, Sgt. Gal Gabriel Kobi was killed by a Palestinian sniper while on patrol in Hebron. That followed the killing Friday of Sgt. Tomer Hazan, who was lured unarmed to a West Bank village by a Palestinian co-worker…. Read More

A voice for Jewish culture

Have you ever heard of the Foundation for Jewish Culture? It is a New York-based organization that was founded some 53 years ago and is dedicated to the advancement of Jewish cultural life and creativity in the United States. Since 1960, the foundation is credited with channeling some $50 million to Jewish scholars and artists…. Read More

We’ve seen this before

We mourn for the 12 victims of Monday’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, and wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured. And we thank the police officers who ended the killing spree before the number of casualties grew even higher. But for the individual lives lost and the particular location of… Read More

Time to raise the minimum wage in Md.

Any discussion of the minimum wage should begin with the fact that Costco pays a starting hourly wage of $11.50 in all states. Compare that to the $7.25 minimum wage mandated by federal law, the state of Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia; and the $8.25 minimum wage in the District. In Maryland, a new… Read More

Resolve and hope on Yom Kippur

With the High Holidays falling at the earliest time since 1899, they also coincide with the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. In the dozen years since that fateful day of horror and tragedy, the initial sense of dread and helplessness has in many ways given way to resolve, hope and a greater understanding and… Read More

Who owns Iraq’s Jewish past?

In the aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, U.S. troops discovered a treasure trove of Iraq’s ancient Jewish community in the waterlogged basement of Saddam Hussein’s secret police headquarters. The vast collection included more than 2,700 Jewish books and tens of thousands of documents, the earliest from 1540. They were left behind… Read More

Red lines, green lights and mixed messages

The past week has been witness to a dizzying array of political brinksmanship, even in a town like Washington, D.C., where changing strategy can be as commonplace as changing shoes. More than a year ago, President Obama declared that if Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, used chemical weapons to attack his own people, he would be… Read More

Do we need a White House Jewish liaison?

When Matt Nosanchuk was appointed associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement for Jewish Outreach last month, the former defense department staffer became the fourth in a series of President Obama’s “Jewish liaisons.” It is a role that goes back officially or unofficially to FDR and Harry Truman. The Jewish liaison is… Read More

Hamas’ sudden vulnerability

The chaotic changes in the Middle East have had at least one positive result at the moment: the weakening of Hamas, the terrorist organization that rules the Gaza Strip. Because of alignment decisions made by the Islamist group in both Egypt and Syria, Hamas has emerged as a big loser. Having been a strong supporter… Read More

The Sela Hebrew charter school experiment

The Sela Public Charter School, which opened its doors in Washington on Monday, is a Hebrew-immersion school. It is not a Jewish school. And it is not an Israeli school. It is something quite different, and it could deliver results that will go beyond the learning of an old-new language. Sela is an American school… Read More