Jewish Journal

  • Purim: The importance of democracy

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 27, 2012 | 6:53 pm

    One year ago, Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi’s troops were marching toward Benghazi, the unofficial capital of the Libyan rebels. Qaddafi was calling the rebels “rats,” and a 10,000-person massacre seemed inevitable. But on Purim itself, in Libya (historically part of the... read on

  • Farrakhan The Anti-Semite

    By Rob Eshman

    February 27, 2012 | 11:30 am

    He said it, we didn’t.

    At a speech Sunday, Feb. 26 to thousands of followers in Chicago, Farrakhan acknowledged that “they call me ‘Farrakhan the anti-semite,’  ‘Farrakhan the hater.’”

    Hey, you know what?  They’re right!

    In this latest speech, Farrakhan, 78, accused Jews of being... read on

  • Oscar gold again eludes Israel’s grasp

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 27, 2012 | 12:58 am

    A brief groan of disappointment swept through the crowd of some 200 Israelis gathered at a Westside hotel with the announcement that the Iranian entry, “A Separation,” had beaten out four other finalists to win the Oscar for best foreign-language film.

    Among the runner-ups was... read on

  • Iran vs. Israel, at the movies

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 25, 2012 | 10:14 pm

    Two prominent filmmakers, one Israeli and the other Iranian, sat down together on the same stage on Feb. 25, and nothing happened.

    So no news made for good news, to the relief of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The organization had invited the five directors vying... read on

  • Stephen Colbert weighs in on proxy baptism

    By JewishJournal

    February 24, 2012 | 1:28 pm

    Earlier this week, it was discovered that Anne Frank had been baptized in a Mormon proxy ritual. This news came one week after news that Simon Wiesenthal’s parents had been posthumously baptized as well.

  • Who Wrote the Torah? Committed Theology in an Age of Skepticism

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 24, 2012 | 11:29 am

    It is the question that so many wonder but few investigate, about which we are long on opinion but short on fact: “Who wrote the Torah?” One might think this would be the most basic question in Jewish learning and thought since of the three primary theological paradigms of... read on

  • Birthright trip for Crohn’s and IBD patients

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    February 23, 2012 | 1:12 pm

    When David (not his real name) traveled to Israel with the NFTY Reform youth group a few years ago, he hadn’t yet been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, but he had the symptoms.

    “While it was a great experience, I missed several events due to stomach and intestinal... read on

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