Jewish Journal

  • Patriot games: Is Captain America too American?

    By Simcha Weinstein, JTA

    July 18, 2011 | 2:00 pm

    In March 1941—nine months before the attack on Pearl Harbor impelled America to enter the Second World War—one colorful American hero already had joined the battle: Captain America.

    The famous front cover of “Captain America #1” showed its titular hero punching Hitler straight in...

  • Comic book artist Gene Colan dies at 84

    by Alan D. Abbey, JTA

    July 14, 2011 | 3:17 pm

    Comic book artist Gene Colan, a “towering figure” and “one of the giants of the comic book industry,” who drew characters from Batman to Dracula to Howard the Duck for nearly seven decades, died June 23 at 84.

    Colan drew for the two mainstays of the North American comic book...

  • The Moral Route to Redemption

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    July 14, 2011 | 1:48 pm

    It’s hard to imagine a more timely book than “Confronting Scandal: How Jews Can Respond When Jews Do Bad Things” by Dr. Erica Brown (Jewish Lights: $24.99). The book comes too late for Bernie Madoff, but Anthony Weiner needs a copy, and so does DSK.  Indeed, all of us who look...

  • Bet Tzedek Has a Ball With Rapper Nelly

    By Ryan Torok

    July 8, 2011 | 10:13 am

    Surrounded by dancing bodies, a 20-something took off his shirt and waved it around his head, bare-chested, simply following the instructions of hip-hop artist Nelly, the performer on stage. “It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes,” Nelly sang, the lyrics from...

  • Fried millipedes and life in China

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    July 5, 2011 | 6:07 pm

    The best way to tell if a city has a sizable Jewish population, as my father used to say, is by the number of good Chinese restaurants. 

    The same cannot be said of China itself, of course, which has a billion Chinese but hardly enough Jews to make a minyan. Still, the undeniable...

  • Wild Wild Left Coast

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    July 1, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    California is defined, both geographically and psychologically, by the fact that the state sits on the ragged edge of the continent — “an ambiguous portion of the whole state,” as Philip L. Fradkin puts it in “The Left Coast: California on the Edge” (University of...

  • Spinoza’s Crucible: Faith, Reason Spar in ‘Jerusalem’

    By Tom Tugend

    June 28, 2011 | 5:00 pm

    Some theater patrons prefer to switch off their brain cells and watch a light-hearted play, while others opt for strenuous mental exercise.

    The latter can be guaranteed a vigorous workout in “New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation,...

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