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  • Meet My God

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 31, 2014 | 7:33 am

    Throughout life, we redefine love.  We struggle with love as we age from childhood, through the rebellious teenage years, to when we graduate school, to when we seek a family of our own, to when a child enters our lives, to when we lose a parent or experience significant loss, to...

  • Atheism, mysticism and ladders

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    September 16, 2013 | 6:41 pm

    I had a new insight about atheism this week.

    Though my ongoing studies of Chasidism, I am encountering again a refutation of the supposed opposition of philosophy and mysticism. Moses Maimonides, the greatest Jewish philosopher, who is understood rather firmly as being shaped by...

  • Is God All-Powerful?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 5, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Recently, someone who is dear to me, and who I’ve known for over 30 years, shared a photo on Facebook with text which read, “You either have a God who sends child rapists to rape children or you have a God who simply watches and says ‘When you’re done I’m going to punish you.’ If I...

  • Atheists of the Book

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    November 14, 2012 | 4:18 pm

    Jews have long been called the People of the Book, but the fact is that we elevate words and even letters to the realm of the sacred. The name of God is so holy in pious tradition that we are not permitted to speak it aloud, and some of the glorious wordplay of Jewish texts,...

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  • Brandon Cronenberg’s ‘Antiviral’ oozes into AFI Fest

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 3, 2012 | 12:06 am

    Exploding heads, techno-genitals, mutant offspring, a humanoid fly. Such are some of the monstrous images in David Cronenberg’s early “body horror” films, a la “Videodrome,” “Scanners,” “The Brood” and, of course, 1986’s “The Fly, ” starring Jeff Goldblum. Now Cronenberg’s...

  • Shabbat without religion

    By David Suissa

    September 5, 2012 | 11:55 am

    How do you talk about Judaism in a way that's not too "Jewish"? How do you convey Jewish ideas to Jews who might get turned off by religious ideas? Is it possible, in other words, to talk about the Jewish religion in a nonreligious way?

    Those questions were on my mind last Friday...

  • ‘The Exorcist’ at the Geffen: No green vomit, but plenty of evil

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 27, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    William Peter Blatty was a Georgetown University student in August 1949 when he came across a front-page story in the Washington Post titled “Priest Frees Mt. Rainier Boy Reported Held in Devil’s Grip.” Blatty, a devout Catholic, was fascinated by the accounts of the...

  • Paleoanthropologist: End Times near for evolution debate

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 29, 2012 | 10:44 am

    Richard Leakey doesn’t have the name recognition of many contemporary atheists. He’s not a New Atheist like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, the late Christopher Hitchens. But Leakey, a paleoanthropologist, is getting some attention for recently telling the Associated Press that the pace...

  • Richard Dawkins wants your kids to read the Bible

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 21, 2012 | 7:37 pm

    It’s no mystery that Richard Dawkins, aka Dicky Dawkins, is no fan of religion. In fact, he’s a quite vocal opponent. So why does he want your kids to read the Bible?

    To appreciate as a work of literature, not, unsurprisingly, as sacred truth or a moral guide. Dawkins writes in The...

  • The Last Taboo: The Lord Shall Preserve Thee From All Evil

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    February 13, 2012 | 9:15 am

    My boyfriend and I were in a car accident this weekend.  We both are fine.  Nothing more than a few bruises on us.  The cars were not so lucky, though of course we know it could have been much worse.  But when the storm had passed, the incident afforded me an unexpected peak into an...

  • Christopher Hitchens, contrarian who embraced and battled Judaism, dead at 62

    December 16, 2011 | 7:44 am

    Christopher Hitchens, the atheist and iconoclast who discovered in adulthood that he was of Jewish descent, has died.

    Vanity Fair, where much of Hitchens’ work appeared, announced his passing late Thursday night on Twitter. He was 62 and suffering from esophageal cancer.

    Hitchens,...

  • Religion: The ‘first and worst’ explanation

    October 23, 2008 | 1:25 am

    Until about 1832, when it first seems to have become established as a noun and a concept, the term "scientist" had no really independent meaning.

    "Science" meant "knowledge" in much the same way as "physic" meant medicine, and those who conducted experiments or organized field...

  • No healing the world here—Humanistic Jews are ‘building’  the world

    By Tom Tugend

    September 25, 2008 | 2:53 am

    Rabbi Greg Epstein, the young Humanist chaplain at Harvard University, maintains that the question "Do you believe in God?" is totally meaningless and that "tikkun olam," to repair the world, is the wrong concept.

    But he also affirms that religion will never disappear and that the...

  • Bill Maher gets downright ‘Religulous’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 24, 2008 | 10:35 pm

    Bill Maher is on his soapbox, looking like a lunatic and holding court in London's Hyde Park. A crowd forms around the American talk show host, who is disguised in glasses and a funny hat as he preaches that aliens have infected our souls and only Scientology provides the answer.
    ...

  • Defender of Faith:
    Rabbi David Wolpe explains why faith matters

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 18, 2008 | 1:21 am

    If the bestseller charts are any indication, it's become popular to condemn religion.

    Books such as Sam Harris' "Letter to a Christian Nation" and "The End of Faith," Richard Dawson's "The God Delusion," Christopher Hitchens' "God Is Not Great" and Bill Maher's soon-to-be-released...

  • Actor of ‘Favor’

    By Amy Klein

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "I am not Menachem."

    So says Israeli heartthrob Aki Avni, referring to his character in "Time of Favor," the Israeli psychological thriller opening in Los Angeles movie theaters Feb 1. The film, winner of six Israeli Oscars last year, including picture of the year, tells the story...