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  • 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...

  • A pioneering minyan celebrates double chai birthday

    By Amy Klein

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Back in 1971, a group of young married rabbinical school graduates with small children requested a meeting with Rabbi Jacob Pressman of Temple Beth Am. Many of them had just moved back to Los Angeles after graduating the Jewish Theological Seminary, and they were looking for a...
  • Praying for poker

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 10, 2007 | 2:26 am

    The World Series of Poker, which I’ve written about before—both homeless hero and Hollywood champ—is such a long event that nerves are understandably frayed by the time players reach the final table. But what I saw last night on ESPN was just plain odd.

    Jerry Yang, who went on to...

  • Of bad dates and good intentions

    By Rabbi Idit Jacques

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I went on what was arguably the worst date ever. Thank God, it was neither tragic nor violent, but in the category of terribly disappointing, it was the worst.

    It is a long story that involves visuals, pauses for the shock to sink in, and words that cause me to cringe inside even...

  • CBS Sports not aware of prayer

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 26, 2007 | 10:14 am

    There was some discussion here recently over whether God cared about people praying for injured football player Kevin Everett. I said he does, and got some criticism for it. This morning, GetReligion takes issue with CBS’ lack of attention to the prayer circle going on Sunday while...

  • Agnon puts ‘awe’ in services with inspiring anthology

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Days of Awe: A Treasury of Jewish Wisdom for Reflection, Repentance, and Renewal on the High Holy Days" by S.Y. Agnon, (Schocken Books, 1995).

    Is literature penned by a Nobel Prize-winning author appropriate reading material during High Holy Days services?

    I am not sure how your...

  • Listen and Respond

    By Rabbi David Baron

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    On the New Year we learn to pay closer heed to the words we speak, their impact on others and the subtle messages our words convey. As we listen more acutely to the call for help from others, we also take upon ourselves the duty to respond in a timely manner and rally around those in...
  • Godspeed, Kevin Everett

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 11, 2007 | 5:24 pm

    My wife just messaged me this story and reminded me to keep praying for Kevin Everett, the Buffalo Bills back-up tight end who broke his neck making a routine tackle Sunday.

    Injured Bills tight end Kevin Everett has voluntary movement of his arms and legs, according to a report from...

  • Prayers for women, by a woman

    By Amy Klein

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Hours of Devotion: Fanny Neuda's Book of Prayers for Jewish Women" edited and adapted into verse by Dinah Berland (Schocken Books, $24).

    One day, Dinah Berland was browsing in Sam Johnson's Book Shop on Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista, and in the Judaica section, tucked between...
  • 7-step set training for spiritual fitness

    By Jay Firestone

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    So you've trained all summer in order to show off that tight body at the beach. Well, as the High Holy Days roll around, impressing the opposite sex seems less and less important.

    Now it's time to show off your Judaism at shul so you can impress your rabbi. And if your rabbi is a...

  • Cheney president for a day *

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 20, 2007 | 6:18 pm

    You may have noticed: I’m not a George Bush fan. I may be a Republican, but I don’t agree with 68 percent of the Party that think he’s doing swell or with Republican Jews who think his foreign policy is good for Israel.

    But there is one thing I know that would be much worse than...

  • In the Name of God?

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Oh God, open all doors for me. Oh God, who answers prayers and answers those who ask you, I am asking you for your help. I am asking you for forgiveness. I am asking you to lighten my way. I am asking you to lift the burden I feel....

    God, I trust in you. God, I lay myself in your...
  • Please God, heal her now

    By Rabbi Judith HaLevy

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In shuls across the world this Shabbat we will hear five short, simple Hebrew words: El na, refah na lah (Please God, heal her now).

    Our prayers are never more heartfelt than when we ask for intervention in the process of sickness and death. God, we are saying, we acknowledge that...
  • Kol HaMispallel—All those who pray

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Kol HaMispallel, b'mkom hazeh b'Yerushalayim
    Ke'ilu hispallel lifnei Kisei HaKovod,
    She'shar hashamayim, hashamayim shom hu
    U'pesach posu'ach l'shmaya tefillah

    "Whosoever prays in Jerusalem is considered as if he prayed before the Throne of Glory, for the gate of heaven is open there to receive the prayer" --Pirkei de Rabbi Eliezer, circa 800 C.E.

  • Just Sing a Song

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "They're Playing Our Song!" is more than just a Broadway musical by Neil Simon. It's a phrase that captures the enchanting power of music.

    Hearing a familiar tune carries us back in time to a special moment, to our childhood realms and to the innermost chambers of our heart. Jewish...

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