J Street’s time to lead

Later this month, I will attend my third annual J Street Conference here in Washington. I’m going back because J Street is exactly what they say it is: “The political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans.” That means J Street supports the existence of the state of Israel as a democracy and a national home for… Read More

A message of women’s empowerment

NEW YORK — Each year when I sit in synagogue during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, I’m struck by the complex stories we read about biblical women and by the wisdom these stories offer about ensuring the dignity of women and girls today. The past year was one of paradoxes. At a time when Sheryl… Read More

Do we need synagogues?

“What do you think about the debate going on in your paper?” Michael Feinstein, CEO of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, asked me at a recent meeting. I must be honest. I wasn’t certain what he was talking about at first. Debate? What debate? In my paper? “You know, the one about synagogues… Read More

Discretion needed

About “Indecision on Syria may backfire on U.S.” (WJW, Sept. 5), quite apart from whatever long-term consequences an attack on Syria may bring, it is likely to entail losses in the U.S. armed forces. One would have thought that a certain discretion was incumbent upon Jewish commentators in view of the fact that Jewish participation… Read More

Read before attacking

In response to Jay Goldberg’s letter (“False assertions,” WJW, Sept. 5) mocking my statement that Barack Obama dictates the sermons to reform rabbis: If Mr. Goldberg had read the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and other publications, he would know that each year President Obama has indeed had telephone conferences with hundreds of… Read More

The Syrian quandary

There is no doubt that the Syrian leadership has been killing its own citizens for years, nor that chemical weapons have been used in this campaign. What remains unclear at the moment is whether President Obama’s proposal to take military action is to punish Assad for use of those weapons, or to deter Syria and… 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