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  • Beyond interfaith marriage

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    3 days ago

    There is a methodological debate among demographers as to counting the number of Jews in the United States. Some demographers maintain that the Jews in the America are 5.6 million. Another group of demographers maintain that the Jewish population in the United States is 5.2...

  • Letter to world leaders calls for international effort to save Mideast Christians

    October 14, 2014 | 10:14 am

    This article originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A letter sent to 120 world leaders demanding a halt to the persecution of Middle East Christians was released in Jerusalem on Monday by its signatories, Dr. Jurgen Buhler, executive director of the International Christian...

  • I would have booed Ted Cruz, too

    September 15, 2014 | 10:02 am

    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) must be the gutsiest supporter of Israel in American history, if you believe media accounts of his actions at a recent Christian assembly. After some in the audience booed his pro-Israel remarks, he had the gumption to walk out, saying, “If you will not...

  • Why doesn’t the world seem to care when Christians die?

    By Rob Eshman

    August 14, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    When Jews are killed, we make sure the world knows. When Palestinians are killed, the Web explodes. So why is it that when Christians are murdered and persecuted en masse, no one seems to care — not even other Christians?

    We see this mystery playing out in Iraq with the hundreds...

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  • Pope says Israelis, Palestinians must seek peace ‘undaunted in dialogue’

    June 8, 2014 | 8:02 pm

    Pope Francis told Israeli and Palestinian leaders they "must respond" to their people's yearning for peace "undaunted in dialogue" during an unprecedented prayer meeting among Jews, Christians and Muslims at the Vatican on Sunday.

    The pope made his vibrant appeal to Israeli...

  • Jews should seek converts

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 2, 2014 | 10:11 am

    On Shavuos we read the story of Ruth, the Moabite convert, who has the most eloquent speech of the entire Bible: “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the...

  • Israelis, Palestinians vie for Latino support during Pope’s visit

    By Simone Wilson

    May 27, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    The first Latin American pope brought a wave of Latino love with him on his trip to the Holy Land last weekend.

    At Pope Francis’ public prayer at Manger Square on May 25 in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, near the site where Jesus is believed to have been born, Spanish was being...

  • Israel encouraging more Christians to join military service

    April 22, 2014 | 3:54 pm

    Israel said on Tuesday it was stepping up efforts to encourage military enlistment by Christian Arab citizens, a community long closer to the larger Muslim minority in identifying with the Palestinians.

    Israel's Christian Arabs number about 160,000, some two percent of the Jewish...

  • Why evil committed in the name of God is worse

    By Dennis Prager

    March 19, 2014 | 2:06 pm

    If I could ask one question of a religious person — of any faith — it would be, “What is the worst sin in your religion?”

    The answer to this question can often tell you more than that of any other question about that person’s religion, or at least about that person’s own...

  • Come for the Funeral, Stay for Jesus

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    January 29, 2014 | 12:30 am

    Last weekend I attended the funeral for my husband’s cousin. It was held in a church in a small town in Oregon, about an hour and a half from Portland. I don’t, for obvious reasons, spend much time in churches or at Christian services, so it’s interesting to see how things differ...

  • Syria’s Assyrian Christians find refuge with Turkish neighbors

    January 27, 2014 | 10:56 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Miydat's Assyrian Orthodox community is still encumbered with festive cookies and candied nuts from their Christmas festivities. In every home, tables groan with remnants from the recent celebrations, which for many of Midyat's...

  • George W. Bush and Jews for Jesus

    By Dennis Prager

    November 20, 2013 | 3:05 pm

    Former President George W. Bush spoke for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI) this past week, and this has led to a good deal of writing on Jews for Jesus and the ex-president’s address.

    Some observations:

    • Like nearly every other Jew, I was saddened by the news. The...

  • Chanukah and Christmas: A legacy of bad timing

    November 13, 2013 | 1:06 pm

    Admit it. It is bad timing, these two very unique festivals of two very different faiths colliding in time and space. Even when our Hebraic lunar calendar separates the two by a week or so, the commercial heralding of both in our consumer-focused society continually blends the two,...

  • What do Bush and Pew have in common?

    November 12, 2013 | 4:02 pm

    I am often asked if Jews for Jesus missionaries are still a problem. Since most people don’t see them handing out religious tracts on street corners and college campuses, the way they did in the 70’s and 80’s, they assume that they are no longer a concern. 

    Nothing could be...

  • George W. Bush to headline fundraiser for Texas proselytizing group

    November 7, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    Former President George W. Bush will headline a fundraiser in Texas for a group that seeks to convert Jews to Christianity.

    Bush is scheduled to appear Nov. 15 in suburban Dallas to raise funds for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, a Texas-based group that says its mission...

  • Francis pledges to further Jewish-Catholic dialogue

    October 25, 2013 | 9:39 am

    Pope Francis reaffirmed his commitment to fighting discrimination and furthering Jewish-Catholic dialogue.

    During an audience at the Vatican Thursday with a 60-member delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Francis said that he has “repeated many times, in recent weeks, the...

  • From Nairobi to Pakistan religicide rears its ugly head

    October 10, 2013 | 4:38 pm

    The carnage at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, the homicide bombers massacre of worshipers at an historic church in Peshawar, deposed Muslim Brotherhood loyalists torch scores of Coptic churches in Egypt, a series of vicious attacks against Nigerian Christians and churches...

    Nigeria’s...

  • Pepperdine to honor Hollywood’s Jewish moguls

    By Tom Tugend

    October 3, 2013 | 10:16 am

    Ask George Schlatter what inscription he would like on his tombstone, and, without missing a beat, he replies, “It Wasn’t All My Fault.”

    Schlatter’s “fault,” in this case, lay in his role as creator and executive producer of “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” the seminal 1960s and ’70s...

  • Quebec seeks to ban public workers from wearing religious symbols

    September 10, 2013 | 4:53 pm

    The Canadian province of Quebec will not allow public servants to wear Muslim headscarves, Jewish skullcaps or other obvious religious symbols under a new charter unveiled on Tuesday that is designed to cement a secular society.

    The pro-independence government of the...

  • Year in Review: Highlights of 5773

    September 4, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, here’s a look back at the highlights of the Jewish year 5773.

    September 2012

    Sept. 19: Islamists throw a homemade grenade into a Jewish supermarket near Paris, injuring one. The incident is part of a major increase in attacks...

  • History and the war in Syria

    By Uri Dromi

    August 28, 2013 | 5:21 pm

    While the bloody civil war in Syria rages on, Israel keeps a watchful eye on the Israeli-Syrian border, making sure the fighting between the rebels and Assad’s forces doesn’t spill over into the Golan Heights.

    One of the rebel groups calls itself the Martyrs of the Yarmouk...

  • People of the Vine: Rob Eshman talks Jews, wine and history with Jeff Morgan

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Jeff Morgan is winemaker and co-owner of Covenant Wines, based in Napa Valley, where he makes kosher wine under the Covenant, RED C and Landsman labels.


    Rob Eshman: To start, let’s put aside, for a moment, the distinction between kosher and non-kosher wine and pose a more...

  • Egypt: Without a prayer

    August 26, 2013 | 3:52 pm

    No one needs a score card to keep track of what happened in Egypt. Mubarak was ousted. An election was held. The Muslim Brotherhood won and Mohammad Morsi became president. Morsi remained in power exactly one year. The popular uprising that ousted Morsi put in an interim...

  • The Gospel according to Aslan [Q&A]

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    August 7, 2013 | 10:22 am

    Reza Aslan, author of the best-selling “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” spoke with Jewish Journal book editor Jonathan Kirsch by phone from Portland, Ore., where Aslan was part of a national book tour. This interview took place just a few days after Aslan’s...

  • Jesus, the Jew

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    August 7, 2013 | 10:03 am

    Reza Aslan, an author and scholar of religion, has established himself as a familiar face and voice on American television, the go-to guy for commentary on the Islamic world, and he embodies all the right stuff: youthful good looks, depth of knowledge and the kind of media savvy...

  • Lessons for Brotherhood and why Turkey is still the model for Egypt

    August 5, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Let me start by saying that Turkey needs to believe that the right thing to do is to act together with Israel, and that it must embrace the language of friendship. If Turkey is allied with Israel, the scourges raining down on the region would be resolved in a short period of time....

  • The silent killing of Christians

    By David Suissa

    July 31, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    The Middle East may be a raging wildfire, but the eyes of the world are on the revival of the Israeli-Palestinian peace dance — that all-too-familiar game where the Jewish state makes concessions (such as releasing terrorists) for the privilege of talking to an enemy who demonizes...

  • Muslim, Christian leaders back Egypt transition

    July 3, 2013 | 12:34 pm

    Egypt's leading Muslim and Christian clerics backed an army-sponsored roadmap on Wednesday which suspended the constitution and called for early presidential and parliamentary elections.

    Ahmed al-Tayeb, Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Cairo's ancient seat of Muslim learning, and Pope...

  • Bnei Brak resident arrested for ‘price tag’ attack on monastery

    July 2, 2013 | 2:07 pm

    A Bnei Brak resident was arrested in connection with the arson and vandalism attack on a Christian monastery that drew international condemnation.

    The 22-year-old man, identified by the daily Haaretz as a Jewish right-wing activist, was arrested July 1 in the attack last...

  • Pope at Vatican meeting with Jewish delegation slams anti-Semitism

    June 26, 2013 | 5:34 pm

    Pope Francis condemned anti-Semitism during a meeting with representatives of the international Jewish community at the Vatican.

    “Because of our commons roots, a true Christian cannot be anti-Semitic,” Francis said on June 24 at a meeting with a delegation of the International...

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