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  • Why do Jews oppose wars against evil?

    By Dennis Prager

    October 14, 2014 | 10:31 am

    One of the deepest disappointments in my life has been Jews’ opposition to wars against evil. I had always assumed that, as the victims of so much evil throughout history, and as heirs to the great moral teachings of the Bible and Judaism, Jews, of all people, would support...

  • A Year after Sandy

    October 29, 2013 | 7:07 pm

    I had just picked up the kids, and we were en route to their favorite after-school snack spot when we noticed the American flag flying over the post office. "Hey," my daughter asked, "why is the flag only halfway up the pole?" Because, I answered, it's the one-year anniversary of...

  • War for the Soul of the World

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 31, 2013 | 12:50 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I was reading the articles about Facebook taking down the "hate women" pages that get posted. I am angry and upset that it has taken so long for social media to do things that are not tolerated in print media and the bastardization of free speech and global...

  • Dybbuks, demons and exorcism in Judaism

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    June 27, 2012 | 3:34 pm

    “Civilized people lose their religion easily, but rarely their superstitions.”
    — Karl Goldmark

    Rabbi Isaac Luria, one of the greatest of Jewish mystics, would walk in the hills of 16th century Safed and point out to his students the souls of the dead, often standing on their...

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  • ‘The Exorcist’ at the Geffen: No green vomit, but plenty of evil

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 27, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    William Peter Blatty was a Georgetown University student in August 1949 when he came across a front-page story in the Washington Post titled “Priest Frees Mt. Rainier Boy Reported Held in Devil’s Grip.” Blatty, a devout Catholic, was fascinated by the accounts of the...

  • Christian love versus the obligation to hate evil

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    March 23, 2011 | 3:42 pm

    Hearing about a bomb going off in Jerusalem is entirely different when you have two daughters living there. You scramble for your phone. You search out your kids. Any potential delay in their answering their cells is painful. You finally get through. Thank G-d, they’re alright. But...

  • Evil Jew, league applicant, will ‘cut you down to circumcise’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 15, 2008 | 3:41 pm

    The applications are in for membership in the Evil League of Evil. You’ve never heard of the ELE? Here’s a little background from Geekdad:

    Last summer, Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog captured our imaginations and, yes, our hearts with the tragic tale of a man, a woman, a hero,...

  • When religion is evil

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 21, 2008 | 9:48 am

    Faith Central, one of two religion blogs on the Times of London’s site, has held a special place in my heart since they plucked The God Blog, seemingly out of thin air, for their list of the 30 best religion blogs. It is one of many faith blogs I read intermittently, and this morning...

  • The Fresh Prince of the Third Reich?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 28, 2007 | 11:06 am


    Will Smith has been getting a lot of grief for an off-hand invocation of Hitler in a recent interview.

    “Even Hitler didn’t wake up going, ‘let me do the most evil thing I can do today’,” said Will. “I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to...

  • Shalom Auslander is my failure

    By Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A review of Shalom Auslander's new memoir caught my eye -- was this author the curly-haired boy who had been my ninth-grade student at Yeshiva University High

    School?

    Reading the review confirmed, first, that it was the same person, though now the curls had given way to a...

  • What does evil look like?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 21, 2007 | 11:17 am


    In a piece about the war criminal’s best friend, Jacques Verges, the NY Times Magazine asks today what evil looks like, and passively dismisses belief in God as passé:

    For much of history, when an ironclad trust in a divine maker still prevailed (however many plagues or...

  • TV: Shoah makes searing mark in Ken Burns WWII documentary

    By Steven Rosen

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ken Burns knew from the start that he didn't want his seven-episode, 14 1/2-hour documentary on World War II to be associated with any notion of "The Good War." And yet in its final episode, as now elderly ex-GIs recount the lessons learned from liberating German concentration camps,...
  • Books: Mailer scrutinizes evil in form of young Hitler

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "The Castle in the Forest," by Norman Mailer (Random House, $27.95).

    Of all the Jewish American writers who have shaped our culture these past 60 years, none has been so controversial or "outside" society as Norman Mailer, who recently published his 36th book, "The Castle in the...

  • Clergy abuse—the cover and the story; Anti-Semitic road rage—do the right thing?

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Cover Choice

    It is appalling to me that you should depict this dreadful image on your cover ("Don't Kid Yourself," Jan. 12)

    I understand your exploring the topic in an article, but to put this image and headline on the cover of The Jewish Journal when you describe plenty of...

  • Movie on pedophile priest puts a face on evil

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In October 2004, journalist Amy Berg cold-called a defrocked priest she has nicknamed the "Hannibal Lecter of pedophiles." While serving Central California parishes in the 1970s and '80s, the Rev. Oliver O'Grady allegedly molested dozens of children -- boys and girls, infants and...
  • We Will Not Capitulate or Be Trampled Upon

    By Ben Caspit

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Ben Caspit proposes the text for a speech by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that would explain to the world exactly what Israel is fighting for.

    Ladies and gentlemen, leaders of the world, I, the prime minister of Israel, am speaking to you from Jerusalem in the face of the terrible...

  • Gibson’s Defenders Aren’t Hearing Him Right

    By Michael Tolkin

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mel Gibson's defenders don't understand the essence of Jew hatred, that it's a projected fantasy, and that the Jews Gibson hates are not real Jews or real people, they're all the Jews he doesn't know; the Jews he likes are exceptions to a fantastic image of the world around which...

  • The Hebrascope: Signs of the Jewdiac

    By Jew Girl

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    (February 19-March 20)

    Notable Jewish Pisces:


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  • The Evil Stepmother Dies

    By Teresa Strasser

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    What do you do when you lose someone? Someone you really hated?

    It's a little awkward, I'll tell you that much. Last month, my stepmother of more than 25 years died at age 67 of lung cancer. It was a terrible death, one I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy, which, incidentally, she was....

  • Carlyle Discusses Dangers of ‘Hitler’

    By Tom Tugend

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Robert Carlyle, of "The Full Monty" and "Angela's Ashes" fame, gives a striking performance in the title role of the CBS miniseries "Hitler: The Rise of Evil." The film, which airs Sunday and Tuesday (May 18 and 20) at 9 p.m., focuses on Hitler's life from Munich beer hall orator in...

  • The Necessary Fight

    By Gary Rosenblatt

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    With all the discussion, confusion and controversy about the Bush administration's planned actions against Saddam Hussein, it's ironic that President Bush, a born-again Bible reader, appears to have rejected the Christian position and adopted instead the Jewish stance on self-defense...

  • Understanding and Responding to Evil

    By Elliot Fein

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The subject of evil is something that has entered my mind often this past year. Since Sept. 11, and also from the ongoing news

    coverage from Israel, I have had many questions and have engaged in frequent discussions about this subject.

    Rabbi Harold Schulweis is a theologian and...

  • Never the Same

    By Jane Ulman

    March 7, 2002 | 6:59 pm

    Danny, 10, can recite the Five Pillars of Islam: faith, prayer, charity, fasting and pilgrimage.

    Jeremy, 12, understands the difference between Predator armed drones and Global Hawk surveillance drones; between 500-pound "dumb" gravity bombs and 2,000-pound "smart" precision-guided...

  • Are You There, God?

    By Julie G Fax

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    While the pain of the Sept. 11 attacks still churns like the smoke and dust that continue to rise out of Ground Zero, eight weeks has done something to begin our healing process.

    Some of the rawness of our national wound is beginning to abate, allowing us to use the clarity and...

  • On Blaming Evil

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On a beautiful Sunday morning before Yom Kippur, my friend Diane and I took a walk down the bikeway near the beach. I was just thinking how peaceful and clean the old honky-tonk neighborhood near Venice seemed when Diane flinched.

    "Did you hear that? That guy muttered, 'Let's kill all...

  • Arts

    By Rob Eshman

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Explaining Hitler: An Interview with Ron Rosenbaum

    By Rob Eshman, Managing Editor

    If you were alive in 1918 and bumped into an undistinguished German army corporal named Adolf Hitler, wouldn't you have been duty-bound to murder him? Just more than 10 years...

  • Don’t Win the Battle

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A professor in seminary once asked us to find themost important section in all the Torah. We offered Creation, theShma, the Exodus, the revelation at Mount Sinai. No, he argued, it'ski teze l'milchama (Deuteronomy 21): "When you go out to war against yourenemies, and the Lord God...

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