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  • 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...

  • Shepherding the Bible

    By David Suissa

    April 25, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    It’s common knowledge that the Bible is the “greatest book ever written.” No other book can match its power or wide appeal; no other book has been as studied, analyzed or debated. It’s the literary gift that keeps on giving, the book of books, the book for all eternity.

    And...

  • Make the Old New Again

    March 21, 2012 | 1:50 pm

    At the ripe age of 8, I learned the Peter Allen song “Everything Old Is New Again.” It may have been an unusual choice for an 8-year-old to crave hearing over and over. But for me, this song was synonymous with dance class, doing the soft shoe that landed me on stage for the...

  • Haman’s fall: Diaspora dreams in the Biblical Book of Esther

    March 6, 2012 | 2:04 pm

    Even if you’re a serious student of the Bible, you might not know what the Book of Esther is doing there, in the Bible. Don’t worry though, nobody else knows either. Although it tells of near-tragedy, it is written melodramatically, almost as a farce; and it is very hard to read...

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  • Accidental Talmudist, Day One

    By Salvador Litvak

    March 1, 2012 | 5:19 pm

    This week marks the seventh anniversary of an errand that changed my life.

    On March 2, 2005, I went to The Mitzvah Store on Pico Boulevard in order to buy a book. I was in my seventh year of being a practicing Jew, and I had probably visited the shop a dozen times. After finding...

  • ‘Familiarity with the New Testament can enhance Jewish understanding’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 12, 2012 | 6:14 am

    Professors Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University and Marc Brettler of Brandeis University discuss their book, “The Jewish Annotated New Testament”.

    Why do we need a “Jewish Annotated New Testament”?

    Marc:  This volume was conceived after I co-edited with Adele Berlin The...

  • Whether a bed, or help figuring out what to do in one, some kosher options for Valentine’s Day

    February 6, 2012 | 4:25 pm

    On Valentine’s Day, for a people tasked in the Bible with being fruitful and multiplying, what goods are good for the Jews?

    Perhaps sex toys from an Orthodox-oriented website that are not supposed to make you blush? Or maybe your pleasure for these long winter nights is a new bed...

  • S**T Gentiles say to Jews…

    By Julia Bendis

    February 2, 2012 | 3:25 pm

    After one of my hissy fits over yet another moronic comment by a non-Jew, I decided it was time to sit down and write out ALL of the idiotic things I’ve heard over the years.  So, strap on your seat-belts, lean back, relax and enjoy:

    • I hope you don’t take this personally, but if...
  • Déjà Vu, all over again

    January 11, 2012 | 6:55 pm

    It’s a new year and we are beginning a new book of the Torah — Exodus. Unfortunately, we are dealing with the same old problem. Anti-Semitism, the oldest hatred, rears its ugly head.

    Pharaoh, the Egyptian ruler, scapegoats the Jews and turns them into the enemy, a pattern that...

  • Good Jew, Bad Jew, Red Jew, Blue Jew

    By Ilana Angel

    November 19, 2011 | 4:23 pm

    I wrote an article this week about random people telling me they love Jews. It bothers me when people tell me they love all Jewish people.  I certainly don’t love all Jewish people.  Nobody can love an entire group of anything, whether it is people, places or things, and it’s...

  • Unique Capabilities: Parashat Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32)

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    October 26, 2011 | 5:39 pm

    There are places in the Torah where many of us moderns have a hard time relating to our ancestors and the societies in which they lived. Oppression of women, slavery, animal sacrifice, a God that intervenes and directs our lives in a forceful and immediate way, to name a few. This...

  • From Pain to Peace

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    August 17, 2011 | 10:33 am

    “Remember the long way that YHVH your God made you travel in the wilderness these past 40 years, that he might test you, by hardships, to learn what is in your hearts: whether you would keep his commandments or not” (Deuteronomy 8:2).

    My daughter just returned from Vietnam. When...

  • Listening More Than We Speak

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    August 10, 2011 | 10:32 am

    Having just come off Tisha B’Av, not only do we focus on the parasha, Va’etchanan, but this is also Shabbat Nachamu, the healing Shabbat of Comfort, so named because we read the words of Isaiah, “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God” (Isaiah 40:1).

    Having spent the...

  • “Rise of the Planet of the Apes:” Let My Monkeys Go! [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 3, 2011 | 2:47 pm

    After a screening of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (opening Aug. 5), my husband, Ron Magid, and I, were discussing Rupert Wyatt’s new film as Jewish parable – specifically a retelling of the biblical story of Moses—with Eric Greene, the Southern California regional...

  • Oh Carnival Cruise Line, how I wish you’d step up to the rest of them…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 18, 2011 | 9:26 pm

    Maybe some of you noticed that I haven’t written in the last week.  Alright, none of you noticed but that’s not the point.  My husband and I took the boys on a long awaited vacation on board the “brand new” Carnival cruise ship called ‘Splendor’, or as I am calling it ‘Ineptness’.

    ...
  • Courage to Lead: Parashat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    July 12, 2011 | 6:27 pm

    We ended last week’s parasha with the Jewish nation crying as quasi-leaders sinned publicly with Midianite women, who had come into our camp at the Moabites’ behest.

    We would have no rest from these Midianites, nor from their Moabite agitators. God ultimately would warn us to...

  • The Bible: What it says and means

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    June 16, 2011 | 11:46 am

    Now that another presidential campaign season is upon us, you can count on a fair amount of Bible-thumping between now and election day.  But if you wonder what the Bible really says about abortion, homosexuality, capital punishment and other contemporary concerns, the real answers...

  • Who wrote the Christian Bible?

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 5, 2011 | 2:10 pm

    Plenty of Bible scholars have attempted to explain what they know and what they do to a general readership.  But only a few of them do it quite as well as Bart D. Ehrman, a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina. His books on the Bible, including such...

  • Early Holy Land photos surprise viewers in 1800s

    By Tom Tugend

    April 12, 2011 | 5:45 pm

    With the introduction of photography in 1839, pioneer practitioners of the nascent medium flocked to the Holy Land, expecting the glorious biblical scenes imagined by Renaissance painters, but finding instead mainly dusty villages and a largely ramshackle Jerusalem.

    One disappointed...

  • Ears, Toes and Thumbs

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    April 5, 2011 | 6:09 pm

    Author Hillel Halkin, reviewing the Koren Sacks Siddur in the spring 2010 Jewish Review of Books, recounts a charming story that he heard from his father:

    “My father, who prayed with great kavanah [concentration] yet was adamant about having no religious beliefs whatsoever …...

  • Two “Jewish” Changes in New Catholic Bible

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 2, 2011 | 5:40 pm

    As reported in USA Today and elsewhere, the new version of the New American Bible to be released on March 9 has a few changes aimed at being “more accurate, more accessible and more poetic.”

    Two of the changes in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ new text might be of...

  • Is Matchmaking a Mitzvah and how many are supposed to accomplish in our lifetime?

    By Julia Bendis

    February 28, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Attending a wedding the other week of a couple that I introduced, made me think of the many Mitzvot that we are supposed to perform in our lifetime.  Having been somewhat of a Matchmaker since I was in high school, I had never really thought about it as a Mitzvah, or a good deed. ...

  • The Bible’s true story

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    February 16, 2011 | 11:10 am

    Timothy Beal is a religion professor at Case Western Reserve University and the author of 11 books about the Bible and religion. Raised as an Evangelical Christian, he came to realize that the Bible is not quite what it seems and certainly not what it is advertised to be in certain...

  • Dead Sea Scrolls going online

    October 19, 2010 | 12:12 pm

    The Dead Sea Scrolls will go online in a project launched by the Israel Antiquities Authority.

    The project, part of the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the authority, will image and digitize the entire collection of 900 manuscripts comprising about...

  • Wildlife preservationists fight expansion, seek to bring back animals of the bible

    April 27, 2010 | 8:43 pm

    As the population of Israel grows, so do the requests for building and expansion within the small country.  Unfettered growth and expansion has nature conservationists throwing up their arms.

    “The laws that we have today on planning are not strict enough in order to protect open...

  • Sending solar-powered Bibles to Haiti

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 18, 2010 | 11:08 pm

    I’ve heard of sending solar-powered cookers to Darfur. But this response to the crisis in Haiti, a response to what must be the anger many are feeling with God, is a new one. It’s a Bible:

    Not any Bible. These are solar-powered audible Bibles that can broadcast the holy...

  • Blood, guts and the last copy of the Bible

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 17, 2010 | 7:16 am

    Anyone seen “The Book of Eli” yet?

    I’m still trying to figure out what the latest Denzel Washington pic is all about. It’s clear that Denzel is the new Road Warrior and that Eli’s treasure, the last copy of the Bible, is sought by Gary Oldman, who doesn’t want to read it but use...

  • The NIV Bible getting an overhaul

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 2, 2009 | 1:30 pm

    If God is infallible but God’s Word is translated and transliterated by fallible men ... well, then issues like this arise:

    In announcing a major revision of the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible, Biblica (formerly the International Bible Society and Send The Light, or...

  • Minister wins right to curse judge

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 21, 2009 | 12:16 pm

    Last week a Michigan appeals court ruled that a minister had the right to hurl at a judge biblical curses that had landed him in jail.

    From RNS:

    The appeals court unanimously decided the Rev. Edward Pinkney’s rights to free speech were violated when he was sentenced to jail for...

  • The Euphrates is drying up; the End is near

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 16, 2009 | 2:00 pm

    I haven’t seen a massive spike in the closely watched Rapture Index, but check out the top few paragraphs of this story from yesterday’s New York Times:

    Throughout the marshes, the reed gatherers, standing on land they once floated over, cry out to visitors in a passing boat.

    ...
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