When I was in college in New Hampshire, the pastor of a nearby church asked our Hillel rabbi to send over a Jewish student who could help his parishioners learn about Passover. I volunteered. For all the fuzzy, feel-good reasons that a liberal arts education supplies in abundance, I...
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April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm
March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm
"FIree soup's on us!" That was the invitation David Suissa's Los Angeles-based charity Meals 4 Israel extended to all 5,000 participants of the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Charlotte, N.C. last month -- and it was pastors and ministers who made...
March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm
The lesson to be learned from recent differences between many American Jews and conservative Christians -- on Mel Gibson's film, "The Passion of the Christ," and on equal rights for gays -- is not to walk away from relationships with evangelicals.
It is not to reject evangelical...
February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Mel Gibson's film is nothing less then a frontal assault and a collective indictment of the entire Jewish community during the time of Jesus.
For two hours during "The Passion of the Christ," not a single Jew opposed to Jesus utters an intelligent sentence. Gibson's Jews are...
February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Mel Gibson's Jesus movie, "The Passion of the Christ," became controversial long before its release when learned critics, Christians as well as Jews, who had been invited to read a draft of the script objected that the film was, if not actually anti-Semitic, then all too apt for...
January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Jesus will appear on the Christian holy day of Ash Wednesday -- thanks to Mel Gibson.
The Hollywood star directed and financed the $25 million epic "The Passion of the Christ," which is emerging from a nearly yearlong media storm and is due to hit 2,000 screens nationwide Feb. 25....
October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Get them while they're young. The Israeli embassy has just launched a new Web site, and the hasbarah -- an Israeli word which means public relations as well as propaganda -- is aimed at children.
Two years in the making, the colorful animated site (www.embassyofisrael.org/kids...
September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm
One of the more unusual characters in Jewish literature appears in the Book of Esther. The palace guard Charbonah originally plays a part inHaman's conspiracy to slaughter the Jews and dispossess 0them of their property. But somewhere along the way, he experiences a change of heart,...
December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm
The idea is supposed to make me tingle warmly: While I sit in my home here in Jerusalem enjoying
the Friday evening calm, thousands of Christian Coalition supporters will be gathering at the Ellipse in Washington to proclaim solidarity with Israel. According to pre-rally PR, my prime...
November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm
October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm
On the evening before Thanksgiving, my synagogue, Congregation Eilat in Mission Viejo, always gets together with a neighboring church, Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist, for an interfaith service. What is remarkable about this joint venture, and other pre-Thanksgiving services...
October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert will appear in San Diego Oct. 15, but there will not be any official representatives from the Jewish community to welcome him at the $1,000-a-plate dinner.
However, Olmert will not find an empty room. The mayor was invited by the Mission Valley Christian...
March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm
"American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us," by Steve Emerson (Simon & Schuster, $26).
It began by happenstance
CNN reporter Steve Emerson was stuck in Oklahoma City on Christmas 1992 with nothing to do and wandered by the city's convention center, where a gathering of the...
April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm
February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm
"Dangerous Diplomacy: The Story of Carl Lutz, Rescuer of 62,000 Hungarian Jews" By Theo Tschuy; preface by Simon Wiesenthal. (Eerdmans Publishing Company, $25.00.)
In "Dangerous Diplomacy," Theo Tschuy introduces a forgotten hero of the Shoah, Carl Lutz, a man who certainly...
September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pmIn a High Holiday letter to Jewish friends, New York's Roman Catholic cardinal has expressed "abject sorrow" for centuries of anti-Semitism, and called for a new era of respect and love between Christians and Jews.
The powerfully worded letter from Cardinal John O'Connor echoed...
July 31, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Strains of somber organ music resonated in the large sanctuary as the eight Holocaust survivors told their stories. As each spoke about horrors endured, loved ones lost and, ultimately, faith reclaimed, the congregation punctuated their speeches with murmurs of "Thank You, Jesus."...