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  • Prayer before sex

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 8, 2009 | 11:45 am

    This headline may require a double-take: “Give us this day our daily… Catholic church issues prayer for faithful to say before sex.”

    It’s not really that strange. Maybe unlikely to actually be done in the heat of the moment. From the Daily Mail:

    The prayer, which appears in the...

  • E-indulgences: Pay and pray

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 26, 2009 | 7:39 pm

    “We live in an amazing, amazing world, and it’s wasted on the crappiest generation of just spoiled idiots.“

    Remember when the comedian Louis CK said that to Conan? Well, he wasn’t think of the pay-and-pray computer service, but I think we can lump it in:

    Information Age...

  • Obama’s inner spiritual circle

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 16, 2009 | 1:45 pm

    President Barack Obama has yet to settle on a new church for his family. But he’s found five pastors he can turn to for prayer and political insight. Looks like the Rev. Jeremiah Wright didn’t make the cut. I don’t see Father Michael Pfleger either.

    The New York Times story reports:...

  • Pray first, then save the world

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 21, 2009 | 2:13 pm

    The party is over, and now it’s time for President Barack Obama to get started on saving the world—or at least let us know he never was the Messiah. He started today, his first full-day of presidential work, with one last inaugural festivity:

    The Obamas, the Bidens and the Clintons...

  • ‘Praise God and pass the bailout’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 8, 2008 | 2:51 pm

    That’s auto industry bailout. And this story, courtesy of Reuters and via Holy Weblog!, is about a Detroit church parking SUVs at the altar and praying for a bailout of the Big Three:

    “We have never seen as midnight an hour as we face this week,” the Rev. Charles Ellis told several...

  • Who shall live and who shall die: God’s iPhone, Rosh Hashanah 5769

    September 26, 2008 | 11:49 pm


    On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed,
    And on Yom Kippur it is sealed.
    How many shall pass away and how many shall be born,
    Who shall live and who shall die,
    Who shall reach the end of his days and who shall not,
    Who shall perish by water and who by fire,
    Who by sword and who by wild...

  • Sunday afternoon flag

    By The Web Guy

    September 25, 2008 | 3:50 am

  • Is our fate really sealed? Is change possible?

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 25, 2008 | 3:19 am

    These are nervous-making times.

    No, I'm not talking about the damage the capital campaign may do to you, or -- at my temple, anyway -- whether you'll find a parking place for services, which is enough to make anyone want to reach for a Xanax.

    What I mean is this protracted season...
  • Gay shul’s blessing for anonymous sex *

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 18, 2008 | 1:55 pm

    Oh my. JTA has a shocking feature about a new blessing a gay synagogue in San Francisco has developed for anonymous sex:

    Among the most innovative—and controversial—aspects of the siddur soon to be released by San Francisco’s main gay synagogue is a prayer for “unexpected intimacy.”...

  • How I returned

    By Rob Eshman

    September 11, 2008 | 2:25 am

    In the fall of 1989, I took a class on Chasidic thought with a Chabad rabbi. We met in a room in the annex of Congregation Mishkon Tephilo in Venice. I wanted to learn about Judaism, but I hated going to synagogue services. They bored me. So I took classes, learned Hebrew, even...
  • ‘Palin’s Pastor Urges Flock to Pray for the Press’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 8, 2008 | 1:04 pm

    When I first saw the headline—Palin’s Pastor Urges Flock to Pray for the Press—I thought: Well, prayer is meant to comfort the afflicted and the press do exist to afflict the comfortable, but has Pastor Larry Kroon really had it so bad over the past week that he needs God to reign in...

  • A short, prayerful post

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 5, 2008 | 2:53 pm

    I saw this tweet from AudioJT yesterday and I thought it was pretty beautiful:

    “Old Anglican prayer - Lord, what we know not…teach us. What we have not…give us. What we are not…make us, for your sake… Amen”

  • Name dropping God at the RNC

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 5, 2008 | 2:12 am

    I’m not much for political speeches, and wasn’t so mesmerized by John McCain tonight. Green-screen malfunction aside, I enjoyed hearing McCain drop the biggest name that’s been mentioned throughout the presidential election season: God.

    McCain has had an at-best-tenuousrelationship...

  • ‘Prayer isn’t boring—you are’

    September 3, 2008 | 9:48 pm

    Jews often complain that prayer is boring. Young people resist going to synagogue -- and older people drift away from prayer altogether -- because they find it to be a chore.

    In response to these oft-repeated criticisms, Rabbi Harold Schulweis once offered from the pulpit an...

  • 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...

  • Prayer warriors keep doing the oil dance

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 1, 2008 | 6:48 pm

    I continue to feel further and further ahead of the curve as the praying-for-lower-gas-prices movement motors on. The Associated Press reported this week that:

    Two prayer services will be held at St. Louis gas stations to thank God for lower fuel prices and to ask that they continue...

  • Obama’s prayer removed from Western Wall

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 28, 2008 | 5:20 am

    Here’s an interesting story that I missed Friday. In the aftermath of Barack Obama’s visit last week to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, someone removed the prayer the Democratic U.S. presidential candidate left behind for God. Such an act is serious misconduct—not like desecrating the...

  • Yeshiva student apologizes, Obama’s prayer returned to Western Wall

    July 27, 2008 | 6:18 pm

    Updated July 27

    The yeshiva student who pried Barack Obama’s prayer note from the Western Wall apologized Sunday.

    Identified only by the first initial of his name, Alef, and with his face obscured, the student went on Israel’s Channel 2 television to confess that he took the...

  • Obama's note at the Western Wall asks for God's guidance [VIDEO]

    July 25, 2008 | 3:20 pm

    The Western Wall rabbi has condemned an Israeli newspaper for publishing a note Barack Obama left in the Wall.

    Sen. Obama (D-Ill.), the presumptive Democratic nominee, visited Israel this week, and before leaving early Thursday morning, prayed at the Wall, the largest remnant of...

  • Eva’s prayer

    By David Suissa

    June 19, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    It's not often you see someone pray to God with all their might for something to happen, and then, when God doesn't make it happen, thank Him profusely and even celebrate.

    My friend Eva Brown prayed to God with all her might.

    She was praying the day she called me a few months ago...

  • Meditating spies

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    June 19, 2008 | 2:31 pm

    Ah, so much chaos, so little time.

    In this parsha we deal with the message of the spies; insecurity leading to depression and fear; rebellion and anger by the people, Moses and God; and several severe punishments, including the major one of wandering in the desert for an...

  • In Jesus name, Ontario Council meeting begins

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 19, 2008 | 1:01 am

    Mayor Leon

    On Monday, about two weeks after allegations surfaced that Ontario Mayor Paul Leon was having an extramarital affair with a city employee, Leon issued a vague apology for “errors in his private life.”

    You could try to connect the dots, but why don’t you just let Pastor...

  • ‘God, grant me peace’: the dark nights of a minor leaguer

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 25, 2008 | 6:31 pm


    There must be many of long, prayerful nights when you are bumping around the Minor Leagues and, in addition to making something like minimum wage, have to deal with trials like this one dealt John Odom:

    Odom is headed to the Laredo Broncos of the United League. They got him...

  • Katherine’s story: more on the Problem of Pain and how faith has buoyed a family and thousands

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 17, 2008 | 3:55 am

    I thought about mentioning a personal story Monday when I talked about the Problem of Pain, It was a recent event, with ongoing recovery, that has both shaken my wife and I emotionally and encouraged us spiritually.

    Last month, one of the leaders of the Young Marrieds group at Bel...

  • Changing the National Day of Prayer

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 29, 2008 | 11:42 am

    Every year it seems certain religious organizations, namely those who feel excluded, ask that the National Day of Prayer be a more ecumenical event. (I’ve written this story at least once.) Two thousand eight is no different, as this report from the DMN religion blog notes:


  • Some Jews still upset as Pope readies U.S. visit

    By Ben Harris

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    When news broke last year that Pope Benedict XVI was reviving an ancient prayer for the conversion of the Jews, the reaction in Jewish circles was outrage tempered by confusion.

    Communal leaders warned that the move would deal a serious blow to the four decades of progress in...

  • Big talkers

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Who talks more, men or women?

    If you think the answer is obvious, perhaps it's because you've been conditioned by a society that stereotypes.

    We've all heard the joke the best man cracks to his buddy the groom on his wedding day: "Remember, when you have a discussion with your wife...

  • Reform Jews must refashion Shabbat

    By Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The following remarks are edited from an hourlong sermon delivered at the biennial of the Union of Reform Judaism held in San Diego on Dec. 15.

    .... In the last half century, working patterns have changed. Not everyone works on Saturday now, and Jews, more than ever before, crave...

  • America’s ‘Holy Highway’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 20, 2007 | 8:51 am

    From CNN:

    DALLAS—If you turn to the Bible—Isaiah Chapter 35, Verse 8—you will see a passage that in part says, “A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness.”

    Now, is it possible that this “highway” mentioned in Chapter 35 is actually...

  • Georgia governor leads prayer for rain

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 14, 2007 | 2:14 pm

    ATLANTA—Bowing his head outside the Georgia Capitol on Tuesday, Gov. Sonny Perdue cut a newly repentant figure as he publicly prayed for rain to end the region’s historic drought.

    “Oh father, we acknowledge our wastefulness,” Perdue said. “But we’re doing better. And I thought it...

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