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David Klinghoffer

  • Our image problem: Jews have no ‘big picture’

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Christianity has an image problem, and Christians ought to pay earnest attention to it, rather than dismissing it as the product of media bias. That's the message of a new book that should be of interest to Jews, because it shows the kind of questions that Christians have started...
  • Should charity for the homeless begin at home?

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Among Jews and Christians, there is much confusion about the Bible's preferred course for addressing the needs of poor Americans, the dominant assumption being that support for the impoverished is a public responsibility.

    Recently, the issue came up in the Seattle suburb where I...

  • Prager shouldn’t lose his museum post

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    For decrying a Muslim congressman who wished to take a ceremonial oath of office on a Quran instead of a Bible, should KRLA-AM radio host Dennis Prager be punished?

    Specifically, should he be kicked off the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council? That is what a diverse range of Prager...

  • Religious Right, Left Find Political Guide in Bible

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The fast-emerging religious left contrasts sharply on many issues -- from homosexual marriage to socialized medicine -- with its longer-established competitor, the religious right. Yet these two Bible-citing political movements equally have woken up to the realization that there is...

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  • Real Danger in Myth

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

     

    The film version of author Dan Brown's bestseller, "The Da Vinci Code," premiered this week amid a cacophony of unhappy historians and theologians who hoped to reach the horde of curious moviegoers seeking a good diversion -- which is also what prompted many readers to...

  • A Tenuous Claim as a Jew for Jesus

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Here is an interesting tidbit: The world's top "Jew for Jesus" is, by ancestry, a non-Jew. Fancy that.

    You know Jews for Jesus, the lovable San Francisco-based organization that uses the appeal of Jewish kinship to introduce Jews to "Y'shua ha Mashiach" (Jesus Christ). Its executive...

  • Sympathy for the Devil?

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A rule in Jewish law holds that when all the judges on the Jewish high court unanimously condemned an accused criminal, he must be set free. The very unanimity was suspicious and called into question the justice of the proceedings.

    Talk about unanimity. By now thousands of published...

  • ADL Stokes Fear as Ploy to Raise Funds

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Devoted to fighting anti-Jewish bigotry, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is America's most influential Jewish group. So what are we to make of the weird air of unreality in the ADL's public statements about Christians?

    Consider the recent address by Abraham Foxman, the ADL's...

  • Hitler’s Pope Story a Myth, Rabbi Finds

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "The Myth of Hitler's Pope: How Pope Pius XII Rescued Jews From the Nazis" by Rabbi David G. Dalin (Regnery, $27.95).

    In "The Myth of Hitler's Pope," Rabbi David G. Dalin has written an important, frank and lucid defense of an unfairly maligned figure of recent history. Dalin's book...

  • Judaism as Rational, Judaism as Truth

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Passover, now upon us, apart from being an occasion for family reunions and indigestion is the right time for a more serious activity:

    I mean, reflecting on the claim that our religion is highly rational and even the claim that Judaism is "true."

    Far from being ethnic chest...

  • It’s Time to Return to Our Mission

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" was the most important American religious event of the past year. For Christians, its effects were quite positive, as viewers already committed to belief in Jesus were roused to renew their faith through the heartrending story of the...

  • Prolific Neusner Takes on Mishnah

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Making God's Word Work: A Guide to the Mishnah," by Jacob Neusner (Continuum, $29.95).

    I don't know how many times I've been in a conversation with a Christian who suddenly out of nowhere asked, "What do you think of Neusner?" They don't even feel a need to mention the man's...

  • Gibson Film Doesn’t Star Anti-Semitism

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Before saying what is wrong and what is right with Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," let's get out of the way the question that is on everyone's mind. Now that the film has opened, it will become clear to regular moviegoers who have heard of the controversy -- furiously...

  • Into the Mystic

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Marcus Weston is a thin, good-looking Londoner who in his casual attire and unobtrusive kippah could pass for typical Pico-Robertson Modern Orthodox guy. On this cool Tuesday night in December, he offers his audience a reassuring smile.

    "Kabbalah is very easy," he says, "I keep...

  • Zohar for the Rest of Us

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    After you've spent a couple hours puzzling over Daniel Matt's Zohar or trying to sort truth from hype in the teachings of the Kabbalah Centre, it's a welcome relief to turn to a lucid academic rendering of kabbalah. Arthur Green, a professor of Jewish thought at Brandeis University,...

  • The Jesus Movie Gibson Should Make

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish leaders continue to decry Mel Gibson's forthcoming Jesus movie for supposedly threatening to whip up anti-Semitism. Due out next April, "The Passion" identifies Jewish priests as instigators of the crucifixion. Maimonides, too, in his Mishnah Torah, affirms Jewish involvement...

  • Biblical Parallel to Iraq War Offers Hope

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As I got to work clearing the house of leaven and preparing for seders, I couldn't help noticing that the war in Iraq has coincided with the weeks leading up to Passover.

    The coincidence is eerily appropriate. Jewish tradition teaches that Passover has its origins in an ancient...

  • Up a Tree Looking for a Home

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    My family and I are eager to move to Los Angeles from Seattle, but I've got a problem: We are Orthodox and we like trees.

    Lately, I have been trying to figure out why it is that religious Jewish neighborhoods have to be so much grayer, less green and appealing than other Jewish...

  • Is Thanksgiving a Holiday for Jews?

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Nov. 28 approaches, and our non-Jewish fellow citizens would be surprised to discover that, in some religious Jewish circles, Thanksgiving is controversial. The holiday troubles certain Orthodox Jews not because they are unpatriotic -- considering how faithful a friend America has...

  • The Feiler Phenomenon

    November 7, 2002 | 7:01 pm

    Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths" by Bruce Feiler (William Morrow & Co, $23.95).

    Like the stock market, belief in the Bible as a record of past events goes up and down. Such belief is now skidding toward a low point. While the sobriety and detachment of professional...

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