Baking with olive oil: Rich brownies and almond and cranberry cookies
Jewish day schools in two US cities receive threatening phone calls
Presidents Conference meets with Erdogan amid Turkey-Israel reconciliation efforts
Nevada’s Democratic caucus conflicts with Shabbat
UNESCO recognizes Israel’s Aleppo Codex in registry of world treasures
December 11, 2007 | 7:41 am
November 27, 2007 | 4:46 pm
Well, apparently American cultural phenomenons arrive in Poland quite late. But it’s still comical to think of a half-naked irreverent Jewish comedian flaunting it on a billboard above an old Communist building.
I plugged the text into InterTran and it came up with this: “wherebyprzez co ubaw, this when armpits.”
November 26, 2007 | 8:34 am
This week I am going to try to post some of the stories I’ve had sitting in the queue for a little while. This piece from Portfolio is apt for the holiday season and plays into the idea of the prosperity gospel, meaning that the more you give, the more God gives you.
November 24, 2007 | 10:53 pm
No religion angle here, except the shirt shopowner Alan Sherman is wearing in Newsweek’s photo (right). But...
November 16, 2007 | 8:33 am
My editor at The Jewish Journal, Rob Eshman, disagrees with the premise of my Wandering Jew column last week, in which I argued that the writer’s strike is not a Jewish story. Here’s the nut:
Indeed, “Hollywood writer” is among the most Jewish job descriptions anywhere, which is why,...
November 14, 2007 | 12:36 pm
November 13, 2007 | 11:37 am
Well, here’s another tasteless attempt to make a few bucks. Among the Looking Good For Jesus products are a mirror compact, a coin purse and a mini kit that “redeems you in his eyes and takes the edge off sinning.”
(Hat tip: GeekHeeb)
October 16, 2007 | 3:26 pm
When my wife and I sold our condo two years ago and returned to LA, we looked at homes but decided to sit on the sidelines and wait for the market to settle. Good decision. What a mess that beautiful bubble has become. The median-priced home sold in Los Angeles in September was...
October 5, 2007 | 9:21 am
September 19, 2007 | 11:13 am
September 17, 2007 | 4:36 pm
“Goldman Ex-Partner, Hedge-Fund Chief Sender Fight Over Church.” That’s a headline on Bloomberg.com this morning, and the issue at hand is as ridiculous as it might suggest.
Dennis Suskind, formerly of Goldman Sachs, has bought a Methodist church in Sag Harbor, New York with...
September 17, 2007 | 9:12 am
From the depths of my e-mail inbox:
According to statistics released earlier this summer, religious books were the publishing industry’s fastest-growing category last year, with Bible sales alone exceeding 25 million copies. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the $4.5 billion...
September 12, 2007 | 2:40 pm
September 7, 2007 | 1:02 pm
Whenever I am in need of a post topic, I visit my friend the Bible Belt Blogger and he fills me up, today with a BBC story about how an Indian airline was chopping off goat heads to appease the gods. The BBB says:
This may be the first time that goats have died to prevent Boeing 757s from experiencing mechanical difficulties. However, I’ve read that chickens are sometimes fired, at high speeds—into the sides of jumbo jets to be sure they’re structurally sound.
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July 18, 2007 | 12:18 pm
Wal-Mart, which some believe is the anti-Christ, is about to start carrying 12-inch Jesus dolls. He will join Samson, Goliath and Daniel in the lion’s den on toy shelves, according to USA Today. Photos can be seen here.
The toys were created by One2Believe, a Valencia, Calif.-based company I ran into when I was at the LA Daily News. Personally, I think this is a noble effort, with a niche market, but as I kid, I would still prefer to play with my Ninja Turtles.
July 17, 2007 | 4:43 pm
I get a lot of press releases pitching the coolest, newest way to make religion more convenient. Here’s one promoting Verizon Wireless’ new MyFaith service.
In todayâs increasingly fast-paced and secular world, many Southern California residents may find it difficult to juggle...
July 12, 2007 | 1:21 am
A friend forwarded me an e-mail announcing that Ask Deanna!, ”a gifted from above dedicated lifestyle of empowerment and motivation” channeled through an L.A.-based syndicated advice columnist, is launching a merchandise line Aug. 1.
Ask Deanna! will sell tote bags, clothing and bumper stickers under a brand called Diva for Christ, because, as my friend noted, “nothing says ‘devout Christian’ like a lipstick kiss…”
(Divas for JC are not to be confused with the Bratz, pictured.)