Anti-Semitism is Anti-Semitism, Period

Written by Josh Van De Riet on . Posted in Op-Ed

Seven months ago, as the sun set across the United States and the Sabbath came to a close, American Jews read the news that 11 of their brethren in Pittsburgh had been murdered for no other reason than the fact that they were Jews. In late April, as the Sabbath ebbed away, American Jews once again bore witness to the horrifying reality of anti-Semitism. A gunman opened fire at a synagogue in California, killing one and injuring three. Lori Kaye, who died in the shooting, jumped between the shooter and the community’s rabbi, Yisroel Goldstein, sacrificing herself.

A Word of Caution

Written by Dov Zakheim on . Posted in Op-Ed

President Trump may bluster about attacking Venezuela and his national security advisor John Bolton might rattle American sabers at Iran, but an attack on either country could be disastrous for the United States.

ADL to Maryland Senate: Pass the Lessons of the Holocaust and Genocide Act

Written by Doron Ezickson on . Posted in Op-Ed

On Feb. 13, ADL Washington D.C. Regional Director Doron F. Ezickson submitted the following written testimony for the record to the Maryland Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee in support of SB 416, Lessons of the Holocaust and Genocide Act, introduced by Maryland State Senator Ben Kramer (D-19). The bill seeks to ensure that schools across the state are teaching students about the Holocaust and other acts of genocide.

Robotic Program Makes Art Accessible to Israeli Youth With Disabilities

Written by Kol HaBirah Staff on . Posted in Op-Ed

In July, the Gedera-based special education school of ALEH, Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, transformed its robotics class into an innovative art program that makes painting accessible to its students with severe complex disabilities, those for whom hand-eye coordination skills are exceedingly difficult to acquire and the manipulation of a paintbrush is an insurmountable task.

A Cemetery, My Family History, and the Torah

Written by Carol B. Ehrlich on . Posted in Op-Ed

The crossroads of my Jewish heritage and a buried black cemetery can be found in a cemetery in Bethesda, Maryland. I found this burial ground by following the guideposts of my life, the Torah, and my family history.

Gas Tax Musings

Written by Daniel Jacobovitz on . Posted in Op-Ed

I was a poor college student in 2008 with a co-op job for a local utility for which I had to drive all around southeast Michigan. Keep in mind, this was during a time when the gas prices in the U.S. had spiked to the unthinkable price of $4 per gallon for the first time. Because of this, people started to change their car-buying behaviors, turning in their gas-guzzling SUVs for gas- sipping sedans.

Why Prohibiting Boycotts of Israel Does Not Violate Freedom of Speech

Written by Alyza D. Lewin on . Posted in Op-Ed

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is campaigning against existing and proposed federal and local laws that would deter boycotts of Israel popularized by the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement (BDS). Their argument is that requiring all businesses who want to contract with the state to certify that they do not engage in a boycott of Israel violates the free speech clause of the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

New Maritime Iron Dome System Declared Operational by IDF

Written by Editor on . Posted in Op-Ed

( A new maritime version of the Iron Dome missile defense system has been declared operational by the IDF following months of testing.

“Today, the Naval ‘Iron Dome’ Aerial Defense System was qualified for operational use. This innovation will help protect Israel’s strategic assets at sea and naval troops operating in the area,” the IDF said in a statement.