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  • ‘Judge orders priest to recite Psalms for parking illegally’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 13, 2007 | 1:51 pm

    From CNN:

    A judge in southern Chile has sentenced a Catholic priest to recite psalms daily during three months as punishment for a traffic violation.

    Judge Manuel Perez said he issued the unusual sentence after Father Jose Cornejo said he could not afford the 50,000-peso ($100) fine...

  • The capricious God of the Psalms

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 9, 2007 | 2:18 pm

    Robert Alter’s new translation of the book of Psalms—from the Hebrew, as a Hebrew—is supposed to be a beautiful work that highlights the rhythmic mastery of the ancient book. And yet, it sits uncracked on my desk. I did, however, read the Cliff’s Notes last night (aka a review in ...

  • Song of the Sons

    By Rabbi Perry Netter

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The centerpiece of the third section of the Tanach, the section known as Ketuvim (the Writings), is the Book of Psalms. The Book of Psalms contains some of the most majestic poetic images in the history of the Hebrew language. They express awe at the artistic power of the Creator and...

  • David: Great Leader or Damaged Hero?

    By Mihal Lemberger

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "The Life of David" by Robert Pinsky (Schocken Books, $19.95).

    Every morning, pious Jews pray to God that "the offspring of Your servant David may speedily flourish ... for we hope for your salvation all day long."

    The hope of future redemption and a return to ancient glory has long...

  • Remember Sept. 11 the Jewish Way

    By Joel Haber

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I've always had a difficult time assimilating tragedy, and although it hit much closer to home for me, Sept. 11 was not much different.

    Even though it touched people all around me, and I was definitely affected, it still did not seem as intense or painful as it should have been.


  • Learning to Breathe

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    For the last several years I have had a relationship with a man in prison, and I have seen how his soul has become anguished and diminished by sitting in that cell.

    I met William after he was released from prison the first time, and I helped him get back on his feet. Now I write...

  • Shhhh ... I’m Praying

    By Pearl Salkin

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Am I the only one who goes to Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services to listen and participate?

    Probably not. But why do I feel that way sometimes?

    I realize it would be hypocritical to say I sit (and stand and sit and stand) through all those hours of psalms, songs, sermons and...

  • Westward Expansion

    By Ruth Stroud

    March 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Top, Students from Sinai Temple scatter soil fromIsrael on the ground in Simi Valley; below, Rabbi Zvi Dershowitz ofSinai Temple with Isabel Mandel, Cantor Meir Finkelstein and MiloMandell carrying the Torah. Photos by Russ Alben


    It could have been a wedding or a barmitzvah: A lively...