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  • What does evil look like?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 21, 2007 | 11:17 am


    In a piece about the war criminal’s best friend, Jacques Verges, the NY Times Magazine asks today what evil looks like, and passively dismisses belief in God as passé:

    For much of history, when an ironclad trust in a divine maker still prevailed (however many plagues or... read on

  • Why is Joel Stein going to Hell?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 19, 2007 | 2:52 pm

    I often used to wonder what I’d go to hell for. Not giving my money to the starving and homeless? Eating animals? Dumping girlfriends? Being a journalist? Then I checked out the Bible and realized how capricious God is: He’s down with slavery, slaughtering children during war and... read on

  • Quote of the day

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 19, 2007 | 2:50 pm

    “In Jerusalem, they want to disturb the bones of dead Muslims, and here, they want to disrupt the lives of living Jews.”

    Activist Daniel Fink told my colleague, Tom Tugend, that, referring to the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s efforts to expand their facilities just west of Pico-Robertson.

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  • Refugees in their own land

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 19, 2007 | 10:57 am


    Another story from Najaf, Iraq, not about how the drop in killings is hurting gravediggers, but about the sad lives of those stuck in a Shi’ite refugee camp.

    The men gather somberly at midday on soiled straw mats under a makeshift canvas canopy in a valiant effort to simulate the... read on

  • Six-figure Persian weddings

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 19, 2007 | 9:25 am

    My pal Karmel had a story in last week’s Jewish Journal that has irritated a lot of his fellow Iranian Jews. It’s a good story about cultural expectations that highlights the tension between Tehrangeles’ older Jews and those who are now coming of age. It’s about the pressure the... read on

  • Springfield: sister-city of Chelm

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 18, 2007 | 6:26 pm

    The Simpsons are a typical Middle-American Protestant family in a typical city, Springfield (named after another famous television city from the 1954-1960 series, Fathers Knows Best). They say grace at meals, read and refer to the Bible, pray out loud and, on Sundays, dutifully... read on

  • Stanley Gold: ‘I don’t get ulcers - I give ulcers’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 18, 2007 | 2:56 pm


    The Jewish Federation of LA is set to have a new swashbuckling sheriff, and he’s wasting no words describing the umbrella organization for Jewish charities.

    “It is largely irrelevant,” Stanley P. Gold said last week. “I’m gonna make it relevant. Gonna make it relevant to the donor... read on

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