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  • Is today’s Islamist terrorism somehow a delayed form of ‘payback’ for the Crusades?

    By Harold Brackman

    February 6, 2015 | 2:05 pm

    At a National Prayer Breakfast in Washington attended by the Dalai Lama, President Obama decried Isis’ “death cult” and “hijacking” of Islam, and promised “to push back against those” who would distort “religion for their nihilistic end.” By implication, he also warned against...

  • Christians and Jews, united in conversation and shared values

    January 14, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    There exists a deep relationship between Judaism and Christianity rooted both in a shared history and religious values. History shows us that Jews and Christians once knew one another very well, recognizing that in some way we were brothers, like Jacob and Esau. In fact, in the...

  • The convert and the Christmas tree

    By Avishay Artsy

    December 12, 2014 | 9:36 am

    For me, Christmas was always something other people did. Growing up in a Jewish home, I watched the holiday’s rituals unfold in movies, on TV and in the homes of friends: hanging ornaments on a tree, unwrapping presents and singing songs of Yuletide cheer (whatever that means)....
  • Why Jews unite more than Christians

    By David Suissa

    August 11, 2014 | 9:37 am

    Imagine that you are a Jew, and that you are president of the United States. Your security adviser has just whispered in your ear that 200 Jewish girls in Africa have been kidnapped and are being threatened with rape.

    Or imagine that you are the most prominent rabbi in the world...

  • Religion:  It’s A Dog’s Life!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    August 6, 2014 | 5:26 pm

    "C’est une vie de chien!"

    “It's a dog's life!”  The French use this expression to shrug their frustration at the overwhelming struggles of life.  To me, it is a statement of how random our most important beliefs are.

    Growing up in Iran, many Muslims believed dogs to be ritually...

  • A Coming Out Tale: Getting Over My Embarrassment and Calling Myself Religious

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    February 12, 2014 | 12:30 pm

    I have always been cagey when detailing information about myself that might classify me as religious.  Not that I was ever embarrassed or cryptic about telling people I was Jewish.  Telling people I was Jewish when people asked what my Christmas plans were, or just offering up the...

  • The psychology of repentance

    By Jared Sichel

    September 11, 2013 | 3:42 pm

    In addition to his vast experience as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst treating survivors of childhood and adult trauma, Dr. Stephen Marmer is known by many of his patients as someone who has a positive view of the role religion can play in one’s psyche and happiness. 


  • 65 Years of Israel- capturing the Israeli essence (Part 2)

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 17, 2013 | 12:01 pm

    Continuing the birthday present for Israel's 65th birthday, here is part 2 of the Israeli-essence slideshow. Enjoy, and always remember- a picture may be worth a thousand words, but even countless pictures will not be equal to the thrill and beauty of an actual eye sight. smiley

  • 65 Years of Israel- capturing the Israeli essence (Part 1)

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 16, 2013 | 12:33 pm

    Israel, my home, celebrate its 65th birthday.  That’s really not much. It’s almost nothing on a scale of countries to age, but in this short period of time, we sure have been through a lot. In 65 years, Israel has been through wars, diplomatic issues, growing population, ground...

  • The Dark Side of Judaism

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 2, 2013 | 10:32 am

    On December 24th, the rabbinate of Haifa, which is one of the largest Israeli cities, sent a letter to local hotels and event halls, warning them they will lose their Kashrut supervision if they hold New Year's Eve or Christmas parties on their premises. The letter, as published on...

  • Kosher Shmuley?

    May 9, 2012 | 4:36 pm

    I was asked to comment on the unprecedented hullabaloo over Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s latest book Kosher Jesus on his recent visit to Australia. I wish to emphasize that I make my remarks in my personal capacity as a Rabbi and declare I am a friend of Rabbi Boteach. I do not...

  • Why B’nai Brith Canada Defended Michael Coren’s Anti-Semitism

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    March 5, 2012 | 11:54 am

    B’nai Brith Canada is an organization whose stated purpose it is, like our excellent Anti-Defamation League here in the United States, to defend Jews against attack. It’s run by Frank Dimant whom I only ever met over the phone and who appears to be a gentleman. But that begs the...

  • Jews Must Demand a Relationship of Full Equality with Christianity

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    February 28, 2012 | 10:41 am

    My much-publicized dispute with Canadian TV host Michael Coren last week taught me valuable lessons about the Jewish community and the new relationship with our Christian brothers and sisters.

    For those of you who missed it, I was invited on to Coren’s Sun TV show to promote my...

  • Is Jesus really Kosher?

    February 24, 2012 | 10:07 am

    Shmuley Boteach’s “Kosher Jesus” (Jerusalem and New York: Gefen, 2011) is a bold attempt by a person of great ability with no formal training in New Testament studies or the study of Second Temple Judaism to present a Jewish treatment of the founder of Christianity, his...

  • The Methodist rift over gay marriage

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 19, 2012 | 8:28 pm

    The United Methodist Church is a hold out among mainline Protestant churches, the big denomination that has not changed the church’s stance on same-sex marriages or ordaining gay clergy. Homosexuality has been an increasingly divisive issue for churches, and has led to a lot of...

  • Street preacher loses case against University of Tennessee

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 18, 2012 | 10:03 pm

    If you’ve spent considerable time on a college campus recently, you’ve probably seen a street preacher. At UCLA, they tend to frequent Bruin Walk, the main pedestrian walkway through campus. Crowds tend to congregate but, in my experience, they’re not really there to hear the message...

  • Jeremy Lin giving God all the credit

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 15, 2012 | 3:42 pm

    I have a little more self-control than Sportscenter, which means that half of the content on this blog will not be related to Jeremy Lin. But after sharing Monday what Lin’s success and character has meant to Asian Americans, in particular Asian American Christians, I had to mention...

  • Seventh-day Adventists celebrate 9th Circuit ruling on Prop. 8

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 8, 2012 | 6:08 pm

    Look at all those numbers in the headline. Better yet, look at my classmate and the editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review, Julius Nam, featured in this Patch article about why Seventh-day Adventists opposed Proposition 8 and are celebrating the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’s...

  • Ski resort Jesus statue gets another 10 years from Forest Service

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 5, 2012 | 10:04 am

    There is a statue of a skiing Jesus at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish, Mont. The statue, a memorial to World War II veterans that has resided on federal land since 1995, was evicted by the U.S. Forest Service a year ago. That move led to protests from religious groups and...

  • Obama grounds financial reform in ‘love thy neighbor’ at National Prayer Breakfast

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 2, 2012 | 9:43 am

    Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning—and not the People’s Prayer Breakfast—President Obama grounded his push for financial reform in the Bible. Specifically, Obama said:

    And so when I talk about our financial institutions playing by the same rules as folks on Main...

  • Letters to the Editor: Kosher lettuce, Christianity, children’s art and Eric Roth

    February 1, 2012 | 12:47 pm

    Following the Letter and Spirit of Kosher

    Reading Jonah Lowenfeld’s “Can We Afford Kosher Lettuce?” (Jan. 27) was a déjà vu moment for my wife and me. We, too, bought the special worry-free, super-kosher romaine lettuce with the rabbinical seal of approval for our Pesach...

  • Converting Jews to Christianity and voting for Gingrich

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 30, 2012 | 4:52 pm

    The connection between converting Jews and voting for Newt Gingrich is obvious, nu?

    I’m on the road right now, but had to share this incredibly awkward news from Newt Gingrich’s final push in Florida. Yesterday the GOP presidential candidate Calista joined thousands of evangelical...

  • Opinion: Time to rethink how we relate to Christians

    January 25, 2012 | 3:08 pm

    Jews are known for their intellect, and for legitimate reasons. The number of Jewish recipients of Nobel Prizes, for example, is wildly disproportionate to the Jewish proportion of the world’s population. Jews make up about one-fifth of 1 percent of the world’s population, yet...

  • Jewish perspectives on the New Testament

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 26, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    A new book of essays provides Jewish perspectives on the New Testament:

    In The Jewish Annotated New Testament, eminent experts under the general editorship of Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler put these writings back into the context of their original authors and audiences. And...

  • This week in power: Obama, Kentucky, Yale resolution, Dog sentencing

    By Danny Groner

    June 23, 2011 | 5:32 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Obama reassures Jewish donors
    President Obama met with Jewish donors on Monday night, hoping he can win back their support after a rough patch with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • This Week in power: Nakba Day, Glenn Beck, Strauss-Kahn, Dan Adler

    By Danny Groner

    May 19, 2011 | 6:00 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Nakba Day violence
    Nakba Day protests left at least 15 demonstrators dead on Sunday, including four who were shot after they breached Syria’s border. President Obama is slotted to address...

  • Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royally Jewish Wedding

    By Lauren Bottner

    April 27, 2011 | 3:21 pm

    Never mind that the Prince William and Kate Middleton are Christian. That’s no excuse for Jews to feel left out during the Royal Wedding extravaganza.  I give you the Royal Wedding’s Sheva Brachot (seven blessings).

    Royal Sheva Brachot

    1. David Beckham will be in attendance and...

  • Mayor calls Lancaster a ‘Christian community’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 2, 2010 | 3:13 am

    Small town politics often don’t shy away from overt religiosity. Invocations that open council meetings, often sectarian despite legal qualms, are an indication of this. I’m a bit surprised, though, to see the Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris be so explicit in his state of the city...

  • Tim Tebow anti-abortion commercial is Super (Bowl)

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 26, 2010 | 10:44 pm


    Everything is a controversy, especially when it involves Tim Tebow’s Christian faith. Take for instance the news that Focus on the Family will air a 30-second spot during the Super Bowl that will feature Tebow and his mother, giving an anti-abortion message. And that has...

  • The prosperity gospel and the economic crisis

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 20, 2010 | 1:09 pm

    Whoops. I let this one slip by. Twice.

    “Did Christianity Cause the Crash?” was the headline from the December issue of The Atlantic. The short answer is, no, Christianity did not cause the crash, though the prosperity gospel didn’t help. Yes, a case of bad headline writing but good...

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