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  • Jewish atheism and Jewish theism in America

    By Roger Price

    April 12, 2013 | 9:46 am

         American Judaism has a God problem.  Actually, and paradoxically, it seems to have two God problems. One is Jewish atheism. The other is Jewish theism. Here we will look at the data and the dilemma.

         At the outset, we have to recognize that there is something odd about...

  • Doubting G-d’s Existence

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 11, 2013 | 2:06 pm

    By Yeshaia Blakeney

    I want to share a story about this very difficult concept we call belief, or faith. These are tough concepts. I'm not going to get into them fully now, I just want to share a story to illuminate some of these ideas.  So there's a game called stump the rabbi. ...

  • Live and let live

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 27, 2012 | 10:27 am

    I have recently encountered several comments condemning and disrespecting some ways of religious beliefs. Some were aimed at me, some aimed at others. Surprisingly enough, in "some ways of religious beliefs" I don't mean other religions, I mean different ways of Judaism. It is...

  • An enduring miracle

    December 25, 2008 | 5:31 pm

    This coming Shabbat, together with Jewish communities around the world, we will celebrate the joyous festival of Chanukah. Most of us are quite familiar with the story of Chanukah and the miracle that our tradition recalls.

    We learned as children that when the Maccabees rededicated...

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  • Yes, I can

    By David Suissa

    November 6, 2008 | 1:37 am

    Now that the election season is over, I want to share a personal revelation that I think can help bring Obama voters and McCain voters closer together. But first, a
    little background.

    I've always loved a good conversation, especially with people whose views are different from mine....
  • 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...

  • Psychiatrists are the least religious of all physicians

    By JewishJournal.com

    September 4, 2007 | 12:20 am


    A national survey said only 29% of shrinks reported attending religious services twice a month, compared to 47% of other docs.

    Psychiatrists are the least religious of all physicians.

    But one explanation for the results seems suspect to me:

    “Something about psychiatry, perhaps its...

  • Faith and Season

    By Rob Eshman

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In Minneapolis-St. Paul, Somali Muslim immigrants, who make up the majority of airport cab drivers, are refusing to take passengers carrying alcohol. In the gripping, must-see documentary "Jesus Camp," 9-year-old children are whipped into a glassy-eyed religious fervor against...
  • Angels in America

    By Rob Eshman

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Angels are everywhere in America these days, and a lot of them are tacky. When I was growing up you saw them once a year, adorning Christmas trees. Since then they've swarmed across the thin border that divides religious imagery from kitsch. Gift shops stock angel T-shirts, angel...

  • Hier, Pope Talk at Vatican

    By Tom Tugend

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    During a private audience at the Vatican, the head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center urged Pope Benedict XVI this week to lead a "coalition of the good" against international terrorism and threats from Iran.

    The pope did not respond directly to the plea by Rabbi Marvin Hier, the...

  • Don’t Stress About Your Stock Portfolio

    By Russell Wild

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Back in the go-go years of the stock market, when it seemed that everyone was getting rich, a certain recently retired rabbi started buying shares in a handful of high-flying Internet stocks. The shares skyrocketed. The man bought more. Within no time, he became a millionaire many...

  • The Measure of a Jew

    By Leonard Fein

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    One of the signal contributions of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) over the many years has been its stream of publications reporting on and analyzing our community. Its annual American Jewish Yearbook has long been a staple in Jewish libraries; as David Harris wrote in his...

  • Facts Belie County Hate Crime Problem

    By Joe R. Hicks

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Sometime in the early 1980s, a new type of crime was identified. It was called "hate crime." Although the conduct which hate crime laws were

    aimed at was already criminal, the new laws targeted the motivation for the crime. Helping to cement hate crime into our lexicon was the...

  • Why Bush: Kerry Could Harm Israel

    By Sen. Norm Coleman

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Debates are a chance for the candidates to speak without scripts and show what they truly believe. And in the first presidential debate, Sen. John

    Kerry (D-Mass.) made a revealing comment. While making a point about the war in Iraq, Kerry said that as president, he would make sure...

  • Choosing to be Jewish

    By Rabbi Michael Gottlieb

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jews-by-choice are one of our community's greatest gifts. They represent an ever-growing population that continues to invigorate and enrich the Jewish people. By the year 2020, sociology professor Egon Mayer predicts Jews-by-choice will number 10 percent of the Jewish community...

  • Kerry’s Flip-Flops on Israel Stir Concern

    By Rick Richman

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Earlier this year, Sen. John Kerry started shifting his position on Israel in hope of removing it as an issue of concern to Jewish voters.

    In February, just before the New York primary, Kerry met with prominent Jewish leaders and explained the naming of former President Jimmy Carter...

  • Viva Vashti

    By Jane Ulman

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Vashti's the only one in the Purim story who should be congratulated," my son Danny, 12, says.

    You may recall that King Ahasuerus, who had been sumptuously drinking and feasting with his Shushan subjects for seven days, ordered his chamberlains to "bring Vashti the queen before the...

  • No Outrage Over Race Card?

    By Joe R. Hicks

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Californians have reached new levels of accommodation for cultural and other differences, but some of our officials still speak unashamedly in stark racial and ethnic terms. In some cases these officials are politicians "of color," which seems to act as a buffer against the charge...

  • News That’s Fit to Paw Print

    By Melissa Maroff

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In 1999, Lori Golden left a 25-year career in freelance television production when she found industry changes and "ageism" working against her. Struggling to make ends meet, Golden taught herself desktop publishing and, soon after, The Pet Press was born.

    The paper's primary goals...

  • A Mitzvah for Ayelet

    By Vered Kashani

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last year on the seventh of Av, my cousin, Ayelet, was traveling on bus No. 189 from B'nei B'rak to Emanuel with her 10-month-old twin daughters, her 2-year-old son and her mother. The bus came under terrorist attack killing nine and injuring 20. Her daughter, Sara Tiferet, and...

  • Rudolph Linked to Anti-Jewish Ideology

    By Peter Ephross

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Eric Rudolph, the U.S. white supremacist arrested over the weekend for four bombings, including an attack at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, was apparently motivated by an anti-Semitic ideology known as Christian Identity.

    Rudolph, 36, also wrote a paper espousing Holocaust denial...

  • Love and Loyalty

    By Lia del Sesto

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    We would always say that we were the ambassadors of love and happiness, causing people to smile as they passed by us, the chemistry almost touchable.

    At that point, the fact that he was a Jew and I was an Italian Catholic didn't seem to make much difference. We were in love and that...

  • Carlyle Discusses Dangers of ‘Hitler’

    By Tom Tugend

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Robert Carlyle, of "The Full Monty" and "Angela's Ashes" fame, gives a striking performance in the title role of the CBS miniseries "Hitler: The Rise of Evil." The film, which airs Sunday and Tuesday (May 18 and 20) at 9 p.m., focuses on Hitler's life from Munich beer hall orator in...

  • Keys to the ‘Kingdom’

    By Tom Tugend

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "The ideals that form the moral compass of Western civilization, the belief that every human being has value, the belief that no one is above the law, the belief that how each of us treats our fellow human beings matters -- these were all the gifts of the Jews."

    So declares Carl...

  • The Mother of DNA

    By Julia Goldman

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In March 1953, Maurice Wilkins of King's College London announced the departure of his colleague Rosalind Franklin in a private letter to his friend, Francis Crick, a scientist at the rival Cavendish Laboratory.

    "Our dark lady is leaving us next week," Wilkins wrote.

    At the time,...

  • Menorah Lights Our Way

    By Marisa N. Pickar

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For three years, I lived in an apartment in Jerusalem next to a bus stop. The rhythm of my life quickly adapted to the bus schedule. Just by looking out my bedroom window, I knew exactly when to leave the house in order to catch the bus.

    When I returned to California, I assumed my...

  • The Feiler Phenomenon

    By David Klinghoffer

    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...