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  • Obama our savior

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 3, 2007 | 12:10 pm

    So there certainly is a crowd of Democrats that hopes Barack Obama is the messiah their forefathers spoke of. But seriously, this? Last Saturday, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago put on display an undergraduate’s papier mache sculpture of Obama in the Son of God’s robe and...

  • Sweet Jesus

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 30, 2007 | 12:06 pm

    A New York artist has sculpted a life-size Jesus with his arms spread wide and his feet together, in the position of one being crucified. It’s made of chocolate and Christ is NAKED—endowment and all. (Click here to see.)

    The artist’s creation, which will be on display in New York...

  • Saying ‘shalom’ to Santa Claus

    By Kathleen Vallee Stein

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I was very sad when I put an ad in the Recycler for my beloved Christmas dishes, but it was time to part with them. I had converted to Judaism two years earlier but kept the dishes stored in the back of the linen closet. I wanted them to go to a good home.

    The dishes represented...

  • Congress OKs bill barring military chaplains from mentioning Jesus in official prayers

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Congress OKs bill barring military chaplains from mentioning Jesus in official prayers
    The U.S. Congress rescinded language in Pentagon orders that allowed military chaplains to mention Jesus in official prayers. Controversy over including similar language in the Defense...
  • The Beastie Boys, Jesus and Me

    By Ezra Werb

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I had been dating my girlfriend for a month when I told her that my parents were coming to town for their yearly visit from the East Coast.

    "Do your parents know I'm a shiksa?" Laura asked, smirking sincerely.

    "Not yet," I said. "I haven't told them about you yet. But don't worry,...

  • What About Judas, Mary Magdalene?

    By Howard Blume

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Scholars who probe the history surrounding the Bible are mining to decipher a real Da Vinci Code. They seek clues from the past that suggest truths that underlie the narratives of tradition and faith. They seek to understand the origins of modern religion and how these faiths have...

  • Letters

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Truth on Schools

    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's education deputy missed on all facts about LAUSD ("Competing Moments of Truth on Schools," April 14). His description of LAUSD's teachers, accountability and student performance bases itself on inaccuracies, myths and full-fledged...

  • Top 10 Judas Gospel Shockers

    By Jake Novak

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The text of the apocryphal Gospel of Judas entered the public sphere this month after surviving suppression by the early Christian church, centuries in the desert, the greed of looters and purgatory in a bank vault. And while National Geographic and The New York Times offered the...

  • Misguided Passion About Gibson’s Film

    By Rabbi Michael Gotlieb

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The great 20th century philosopher, Martin Buber, had an uncanny ability to speak to ecumenical gatherings. He would often begin his lectures highlighting the many theological tenets shared by Jews and Christians.

    "Jews," he said, "believe the Messiah has yet to come." To which he...

  • Letters

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Kobe Jewish?

    The story regarding Kobe Bryant saying that he "wouldn't mind" being Jewish was pointless and inane. An off-the-cuff remark all of a sudden becomes a possibility in the minds some people. In addition, the story was filled with inaccuracies as to the number of Jewish...

  • Letters

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Bigamist vs. Agunah

    It is with horror that I read the article, "The 'Bigamist' Versus the 'Agunah' (March 24), by Amy Klein. Given Rabbi [Avrohom] Union's devastating error, which he claims was unintentional, it is clear that this head of the beit din should resign immediately....

  • Bob Dylan: In His Own Lyrics

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Torah References:

    Oh God said to Abraham, "Kill me a son"

    Abe says, "Man, you must be puttin' me on"

    God say, "No." Abe say, "What?"

    God say, "You can do what you want Abe, but

    The next time you see me comin' you better run:

    Well Abe says, "Where do you want this killing' done?"


  • Jesus Who?

    By Rob Eshman

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Between the time that college ended and life began, I lived in San Francisco. My confusion must have shown on my face plain as day, because wherever I went, missionaries approached me and asked whether I had a personal relationship with Jesus.

    When I shook my head, my hand...

  • No Easy Answers to the Jesus Question

    By Pinchas Giller

    April 21, 2005 | 8:01 pm


    "Why the Jews Rejected Jesus: The Turning Point in Western History," by David Klinghoffer (Doubleday, $24.95).

    I worked, for a number of years, in a vibrant and fiercely Zionist summer camp in the Catskills. It was a regular feature of our educational program, about a...

  • Church Honors Gibson ‘Inspiration’

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Mel Gibson's "muse" is on the path to sainthood. Pope John Paul II this week beatified Anna Katharina Emmerick, a 19th-century German nun whose mystic visions inspired Gibson's gory depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ."

    Sunday's move dismayed some...

  • Church Honors Gibson ‘Inspiration’

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Mel Gibson's "muse" is on the path to sainthood. Pope John Paul II this week beatified Anna Katharina Emmerick, a 19th-century German nun whose mystic visions inspired Gibson's gory depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ."

    Sunday's move dismayed some...

  • Jesus: The

    By Jack Miles

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Jesus in America: Personal Savior, Cultural Hero, National Obsession" by Richard Wightman Fox (HarperSanFrancisco, $27.95).

    "American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon" by Stephen Prothero (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, $25)

    One of the staples of American humor is...

  • Gibson Film Stirs Up Variety of Reactions

    By Journal Staff

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Eli Spitz

    This masterfully crafted film deals with a troubling event and could lead to trouble. The film fails to portray a larger context for Jesus and the Jews.

    As recorded in the New Testament, Jesus lived as a faithful Jew and had Jewish crowds who loved him. The film...

  • Spectacle and Sadism

    By Charles Paul Freund

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," which opened on Ash Wednesday, has inspired an argument over its revival of medieval Passion Play content, and whether such a project risks a revival of medieval-style, post-Passion Play Judeophobia. But there's a closely related dimension of...

  • Gibson Film Doesn’t Star Anti-Semitism

    By David Klinghoffer

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Before saying what is wrong and what is right with Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," let's get out of the way the question that is on everyone's mind. Now that the film has opened, it will become clear to regular moviegoers who have heard of the controversy -- furiously...

  • The Goriest Story Ever Told

    By David Finnigan

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    USC film student Jennifer Tufaro left Wednesday's midnight screening of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" emotionally drained, her eyes red from tears. She stood in the lobby along with hundreds of the estimated 1,200 people who had just watched the movie on three screens at...

  • Gibson Film Is a Frontal Assault on Jews

    By Marvin Hier

    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...

  • The Gospel Truth

    By Rob Eshman

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Just before midnight on Monday the phone rang at our house. It was a guest booker from ABC's "Good Morning America," asking if I would speak that morning to Diane Sawyer, live on air, about Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ."

    The booker, Asa, sounded young, and he spoke with...

  • Actress Defends Gibson’s Jesus Film

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Romanian actress Maia Morgenstern is Jewish, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and a resident of Bucharest, where she fields the occasional anti-Semitic remark. Which is why European reporters raised eyebrows when they learned the imposing actress was playing the Virgin Mary in...

  • Dollars and Sense of Jesus Films

    By David Finnigan

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Despite Mel Gibson's solid box office reputation, a major Hollywood studio stepping forward to distribute his $25 million Jesus film "The Passion" is not a certainty. The film falls long after Hollywood's era of Bible epics and outside the trend of Jesus movies finding safe homes on...

  • ‘The Passion’ Over Jesus

    By David Finnigan

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "It's a headache that we don't need," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, articulating a central complaint about Mel Gibson's upcoming film "The Passion" and its resurrection of ancient images of Jews and the death of Jesus.

    "I wish the movie...

  • Why Jews Don’t Accept Jesus

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Why don't Jews accept Jesus as the Messiah or son of God?

    Growing up in Philadelphia, I attended Akiba Hebrew Academy, a private Jewish school. In 11th grade, a Southern Baptist preacher came to speak to our class. He looked around the room, and with a kindly smile said, "You seem...

  • Your Letters

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish War Vets

    I would like it to be known that the reality of my statement regarding Jews in combat was that I spent too much time experiencing WWII to make an insensitive comment that Jews were not on the front lines ("Jewish War Vets Remember," Nov. 8). I removed the dog tags...

  • Pope Blasted For Silence

    By Michael J. Jordan

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When the Western-educated Bashar Assad succeeded his father, Hafez Assad, as president of Syria last summer, Israeli officials hoped the changing of the guard from the Lion of Damascus to the Optometrist of Damascus would usher in a gentler approach toward Israel.

    Young Assad has...

  • Letters to the Editor

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Orthodox Numbers

    As a sociologist of American Jews, I read the three articles ("Setting the Record Straight," "Flawed Methodology" and "Standing by the Data," Sept. 15) with great interest. Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, along with Anthony Gordon and Richard M. Horowitz, raised important...

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