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...
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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...
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...
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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...
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...
November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pmA 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
Reading the review confirmed, first, that it was the same person, though now the curls had given way to a...
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January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pmCover 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...
October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm
August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pmBen 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...
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...
February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm
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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...
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...
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...
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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...
September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pmOn 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...
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...
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...