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  • Why bad things happen to good people

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 26, 2015 | 6:49 am

    "Why do bad things happen to good people?" is a question as old as mankind and human memory. Though widely addressed through the ages by religious and secular scholars alike, the cause of this obviously unfair situation has remained shrouded in mystery. That is, until now — I think...

  • Charleston Church Shooting is a Crime Against all of America

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 19, 2015 | 4:04 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and community. My prayers are especially with the African American community, and their spiritual leaders and communities; they work hard to bring Godliness into the world. These shining examples of selflessness and Godliness...

  • S. Carolina massacre suspect seemed troubled, had past brushes with police

    June 18, 2015 | 1:23 pm

    His uncle worried he was cooped up in his room too much. The few images of him found easily online suggest he had a fascination with white supremacy. And for his birthday this year, his father bought the young man a pistol, the uncle said.

    Dylann Roof, 21, was arrested on...

  • Unorthodox venues for High Holy Days services

    August 22, 2013 | 11:53 am

    The question “Where are you going for services?” is a mainstay among Jews around this time of year. Numerous congregations that ordinarily perform Shabbat services at their own locale often need to find larger, and more spacious, nontraditional venues — often churches, theaters or...

  • Temple Hopping, Rabbi Shopping & Faith Meditation

    By Ilana Angel

    February 5, 2013 | 7:39 am

    I love going to temple.  It makes me happy from the inside out.  I always feel comfortable when I am sitting in shul and while I have yet to find a temple that I really, really love, I hop from temple to temple hoping I find a place that feels like the perfect fit.  Actually, I’m...

  • Vatican rejects bishop’s calling Jews ‘enemies of the church’

    January 8, 2013 | 10:02 am

    The Vatican rejected comments by the head of a breakaway traditionalist group calling Jews “enemies of the church” and reiterated that it was committed to dialogue with the Jewish world.

    "It is impossible to speak of the Jews as enemies of the Church," Vatican spokesman the Rev....

  • Is There Something Wrong with a Joyful Funeral?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    November 21, 2012 | 7:00 am

    On Friday I attended a funeral at an African-American inner city church. Normally, I would expect to put the word “predominately” in there, but frankly, the only people in the overflowing sanctuary who didn’t look African-American were people I recognized from work.

    I was...

  • Woman uses Bible to ‘knock the demon’ out of pastor

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 10, 2012 | 7:14 pm

    Not your grandmother’s Bible thumpin’.

    Ina Garrett, a 64-year-old Southern Baptist woman, has been charged with assault for, admittedly, smacking her pastor in the head with a Bible. Even more shocking is that the Rev. Leon Taylor, of the 30-member Mt. Zion Baptist Church in...

  • Canadian senators warn church against boycott

    July 5, 2012 | 10:56 am

    In a rare move, nine Canadian senators have warned the United Church of Canada that its proposed boycott of goods from Israeli settlements would harm already tense relations with the Jewish community.

    The nine senators, all United Church members and representing the Conservative and...

  • ADL again slams Santorum on church-state issue

    February 27, 2012 | 6:19 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League once again reprimanded Rick Santorum for his advocacy of a church role in governing.

    Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator vying for the GOP presidential nod, told ABC over the weekend that a landmark 1960 speech outlining church-state separations by...

  • The 17th century hero behind the separation of church and state

    February 27, 2012 | 10:15 am

    From the vantage point of 2012, the state of Rhode Island is an afterthought, except perhaps for those who reside within its borders. It is small geographically and seems to lack influence in just about any realm imaginable.

    Yet during the seventeenth century, Rhode Island became a...

  • The Michael Coren Christians Who Cowardly Deny Church History

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    February 24, 2012 | 10:28 am

    I came on to Michael Coren’s TV show in Canada to simply talk about my new book Kosher Jesus, which has received wide attention throughout the world. I left dazed, having heard from him that Jews refuse to appreciate Christians, depict them negatively, and essentially control...

  • 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...

  • Mormon church apologizes for proxy baptism of Wiesenthal’s parents

    February 14, 2012 | 11:08 am

    The Mormon church has apologized for the posthumous baptism of the parents of Simon Wiesenthal.

    A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last month submitted the names of Wiesenthal’s parents for posthumous baptism, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Wiesenthal was a...

  • If you OCeeker, you will find

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 6, 2012 | 10:33 am

    This is definitely not your father’s faith column.

    The OCeeker, a new feature from the OC Weekly, offers reviews of houses of worship in Orange County. It’s a great idea, and I can see why the alternative news weekly’s editor in chief—that Mexican guy—is so excited about it.


  • Church pastor: Comments by Katy Perry’s dad taken out of context

    January 10, 2012 | 1:52 pm

    Comments made by the Rev. Keith Hudson, the father of pop star Katy Perry, during a sermon at an Ohio church were taken out of context, the church’s pastor said.

    Paul Endrei of the Church on the Rise in Westlake told the Cleveland Jewish News Tuesday that Hudson’s remarks were meant...

  • The Real “Machine Gun Preacher”: Unorthodox Atonement

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 4, 2011 | 7:17 pm

    Sam Childers, the real-life “Machine Gun Preacher” behind the Marc Forster film now in theaters, chewed his signature toothpick in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, wearing a Harley Davidson shirt, jeans, black steel-toed boots and a handlebar moustache he’s sported since...

  • Church voting site nixed after Orthodox concerns

    September 6, 2011 | 10:34 am

    An attempt to move a voting site to a Brooklyn church was nixed over concerns that Orthodox Jews would be disenfranchised.

    According to a news release issued from his office, Assemblyman Dov Hikind, an Orthodox Jew, intervened after residents in New York’s 73rd and 74th election...

  • Bargain Fashionista Part Six: The church, school, or charity rummage sale

    By Annie Korzen

    May 3, 2011 | 11:10 am

    It’s large, it’s varied, and prices are rock-bottom. Plus, the money will hopefully be used for a good cause. I say “hopefully” because not every cause is equally dear to my heart. When I questioned the high price of some scuffed-up Uggs, one lady said “But it’s for...

  • Atheist Chaplains and the Church of Evolution

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    April 29, 2011 | 10:06 am

    The report in The New York Times that atheists are looking for official recognition as chaplains in the US military in order to cater to the needs of non-believing servicemen is interesting.

    On the one hand, it’s kind of absurd. Atheist chaplains? It’s a contradiction in terms....

  • OU backs repeal of Fla. funding law

    March 30, 2011 | 10:05 am

    The Orthodox Union told Florida’s House of Representatives that it backs a repeal of a law that bans public funds for faith-based schools, activities and charities.

    The law’s current language bans public funds “in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any...

  • Dad can take daughter to church, court rules

    April 14, 2010 | 12:50 pm

    A father may take his Jewish daughter to church, a court in Chicago ruled.

    Cook County Judge Renee Goldfarb, who had denied Joseph Reyes permission to take his daughter Ela to Easter services, said in a divorce judgment handed down Tuesday afternoon that Reyes could take his...

  • What makes Vin Scully great

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 27, 2009 | 3:51 pm

    This time of year is difficult for my productivity. With baseball in full-swing, I forfeit about 20 hours a week watching Dodgers games on TV. As much as I love rooting for the boys in blue, it’s the sound of Vin Scully’s voice that makes watching a game from my couch so enjoyable....

  • VIDEO: Palin Pastor: ‘Israelites’ run the economy

    October 1, 2008 | 9:54 pm

    Yes, he says 'Israelites'! (MSNBC)

    A pastor who blessed Sarah Palin's run for Alaska governor said Christians should emulate "Israelites" and run the economy.

    The 2005 video of South African Pastor Thomas Muthee laying hands on Palin, the Republican vice-presidential pick, surfaced...

  • McCain team: Palin rejects views of church’s Jews for Jesus speaker

    By Ben Harris

    September 3, 2008 | 4:48 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Vice presidential pick Sarah Palin says she doesn’t share the views of a Jews for Jesus leader who in a speech at her church suggested that violence against Israelis resulted from God’s judgment against Jews who have failed to embrace Jesus.

    David Brickner, the...

  • Putting a $3 million lotto ticket in the offering plate

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 2, 2008 | 9:30 pm

    A mystery man won $3 million in the lottery, and then gave the winning ticket to his pastor at True North Community Church on Long Island.

    “Our congregation has outgrown its facility,” Pastor Bert Crabbe said. “We’re having four services a week and adding a fifth. We needed another...

  • South has more plans to get guns in churches

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 21, 2008 | 8:01 pm

    First Georgia, now Tennessee. I know they just had a big church tragedy, but you have got to be kidding me.

  • Awakening schmawakening, Darfur’s hope is grass-roots action

    August 21, 2008 | 12:55 am

    The Great Awakening


    Am I the only reader who finds your celebration of the Rev. Rick Warren's interviews with our presumptive presidential candidates very chilling ("The Great Awakening," Aug. 15)?

    The first nationally televised meeting of these candidates in a religious setting...

  • With seven rabbis and counting, Dem parley reaches out to the faithful

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 20, 2008 | 5:08 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Jewish voters and organizations often are among the first to object when Republicans and Christian conservatives inject religion into politics.

    But this year, especially at their convention next week, the Democrats are jumping into the religion game—and looking to...

  • Elder get your gun, the preacher’s running his mouth

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 18, 2008 | 6:53 pm

    Imagine you are sitting in church, listening to Pastor Bob sermonize about tithing for the tenth time since Tax Day, and the service is running long, and the air conditioning is out, and Bob is still talking, still talking, still talking ... What if you could reach into your...

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