I don’t think many Christians would be surprised to learn that the Bible they hold in their hands was created by men, meaning that some of the books that appeared in earlier manuscripts and could have been canonized as the Word of God. Neither should it be a surprise that there were...
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I didn’t know anyone still reads the Sunday comics, but apparently Doonesbury still has its fair share of followers. And quite of few of them are ripe pissed about a strip Sunday, which, according to JTA’s Ron Kampeas, “which manages to raise two classical anti-Jewish tropes in just...
March 26, 2009 | 12:20 pm
Best “South Park” episode in a while last night.
The topic of ridicule was the house of cards that was our robust economy and the hysteria that has followed its collapse. This episode, maybe more than any other, was tinged with religious references. In fact, in hopes of pleasing...
March 16, 2009 | 8:26 pm
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NEW YORK (JTA)—The newsletter sent out last month by Temple Israel of New Rochelle contained the usual sort of announcements, including a reminder about the synagogue’s upcoming Purim carnival, mazal tovs and condolences, and information about a social event at a local...
March 5, 2009 | 2:30 am
February 26, 2009 | 5:39 pm
Watching Mel Brooks’ “History of the World: Part I” while eating lunch. Just passed the part about “these 15—oy—10, 10 commandments for all to obey.”
January 23, 2009 | 2:00 pm
January 22, 2009 | 9:32 pm
It’s called National Religious Freedom Day, but this year the superintendent for schools in Collier County, Fla., wouldn’t let a familiar face, Jerry Rutherford, hand out Bibles at the local high school:
“This rejection is a slap in the face,” Rutherford said. “The decision to deny access to community groups that are religious in nature is censorship and bias.”
There’s no indication that any other religious texts were welcomed onto campus. Maybe it’s supposed to be called Freedom From Religion Day.
January 13, 2009 | 11:21 am
In the “Cartmanland” episode of “South Park,” Kyle renounces his Judaism and decides, based on the fact that Cartman has his own theme park while Kyle is hospitalized with an aggressive hemorrhoid, that there isn’t a God. I, obviously, don’t agree. But I can understand Kyle’s reaction to the story of Job. The money line, teased in the headline, comes at the end.
January 9, 2009 | 4:35 pm
Imagine an eccentric college professor telling the story of Sodom and Gomorrah and have a little liberty with the exact details. You might come up with something funny like the above clip from “Adult Swim,” a show I’d never watched and now find to be a surprising member of the Cartoon Network roster.
December 24, 2008 | 12:34 pm
Turns out there are more ways to customize your Legos besides turning them into Nazi soldiers and holy warriors. Jackass Letters sent me this link to The Brick Testament, a company that transforms your ordinary Legos into characters and stories from the Bible.
You can scroll through Jesus’ parables—check out the parable of the tortured debtor—or learn the Lego version of the Exodus. My favorite though are the characters from the Book of Job. That’s Job pictured at left, covered in boils and soars and being cursed by his wife.
December 10, 2008 | 7:06 pm
If you thought I was critical of Lisa Miller’s cover story for Newsweek that claimed the Bible and Jesus never define marriage as between a man and a woman, then read M.Z. Hemingway’s full-on piledriver:
if you are going to pretend that opposition to same-sex marriage is based Sola...
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November 10, 2008 | 3:08 am
I get a lot of spam comments hawking apartments in Houston or singles services. The spam is usually easy to find because it says things like, and I quote: “this article was so great. thank you. does anyone know if there is anything better”
But there was a spam comment left last week...
November 7, 2008 | 4:14 am
I like Joel Stein. We tried out for “The Apprentice” together and neither made it past Trump’s hairpiece. Each week Joel writes a clever column for my increasingly uninspiring local newspaper. (Seriously, these days I subscribe to the Los Angeles Times out of personal guilt.)
November 6, 2008 | 2:48 pm
October 28, 2008 | 8:59 pm"My Christian friends say homosexuality is a sin. Isn't Judaism based on the same Old Testament bible? How does our synagogue welcome homosexuals with acceptance and equality?"
I was substituting for our rabbi in our 10th grade confirmation class. Homosexuality is not a...
September 29, 2008 | 5:00 pm
Forget a red-letter text, HarperOne has developed an eco-friendly Bible of soy-based ink printed on recycled paper. “Over 1,000 verses that highlight the importance of the planet and the environment are highlighted in,” Gary Stern informs, “you guessed it, green.”
This appears to be...
September 29, 2008 | 10:43 am
September 3, 2008 | 10:39 am
When did bloggers—the proverbial man on the cyberstreet—become expert sources that an entire story can hinge one? Case in point is this article from the Christian Post that discusses a new chronological bible coming out next month. The story begins:
A new Bible that arranges...
August 29, 2008 | 1:21 am
JTA’s Eric Fingerhut and Ron Kampeas on Thursday’s events at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. With a focus on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, they explore a new emphasis on rebuilding the Civil Rights-era alliance of Jews and Blacks. Included—Rev. Al Sharpton, Rep. John Lewis.
August 25, 2008 | 2:55 pm
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The New York Times asks that question in an article about the Isaiah Scroll that unconvincingly argues Hebrew is vanishing faster than the American Jew:
Its revival is often hailed as one of the greatest feats of the Zionist enterprise; today Hebrew is the first language of millions...
August 5, 2008 | 8:30 pmSince 2002, when I started becoming open about my personal religious choice to stop having sex with men, liberals on gay issues have repeatedly accused me of being a Jewish "ex-gay." But I am no such thing, because Torah Judaism doesn't have a concept of an ex-gay.
I have no doubt...
July 29, 2008 | 5:48 pm
When I read A.J. Jacob’s “The Year of Living Biblically,” I wished I had thought of spending a year living like an ancient Israelite. But the book had already been written, and I didn’t know an adulterer to stone, so I moved on to other odd makeovers, like growing a mustache. What then does Daniel Harrell hope to gain from his 30-day Leviticus challenge?
July 21, 2008 | 3:54 pm
I’m a bit late to this story:
Elective Bible courses in Texas high schools received the blessing of the State Board of Education on Friday, but local school officials will have to figure out how to design those classes so they don’t violate religious-freedom protections.