Jewish Journal

  • Obama says U.S. ‘Not a Christian Nation or a Jewish Nation or a Muslim Nation’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 7, 2009 | 4:13 pm

    Remember when then-presidential candidate John McCain said the U.S. was a Christian nation? Well, yesterday his old sparring mate, President Obama, said just the opposite at a press conference in Turkey:

    “One of the great strengths of the United States,” the President said, “is ... we have a very large Christian population—we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.”

  • Obama’s rabbi gets top honors from Newsweek

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 6, 2009 | 6:55 pm

    Newsweek is back with its third-annual list of America’s top rabbi—and it’s with a new frontrunner: Rabbi David Saperstein of the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center. Here’s an excerpt from Jewish Journal’s story:

    What mainly propelled Saperstein into the lead is his role as Washington insider, political powerbroker and friend of President Obama, said Jay Sanderson, CEO of JTN Productions and one of the three men who determine the rankings.

    The complete list of 50 most influential rabbis can be found here.

  • Variety’s Peter Bart—Jewish, whether he likes it or not

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 6, 2009 | 4:23 pm

    Longtime Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart, once the most-feared man in Hollywood, was pushed “up and out” yesterday. What’s interesting about Bart, and what I sent Hollywood Jew blogger Danielle Berrin, is just how uncomfortable he is as a Jew.

    Revealing details of that... read on

  • No top of the morning in Catholic churches

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 6, 2009 | 12:56 pm

    I hardly think being too informal isn’t the biggest issue affecting the atmosphere at Catholic churches. Nonetheless, a few priests in the Diocese of Leeds in England came to the conclusion that it’s inappropriate to say “good morning” after standing in front of the congregation and... read on

  • Reagan tried to turn Gorbachev

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 6, 2009 | 12:43 am

    Well, there was more than one way to win the Cold War. And before President Reagan spent the Soviet Union into oblivion, a new biography, “The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan,” suggests he tried to convert Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev:

    The new biography tells of the leaders final... read on

  • Iowa and gay marriage

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 3, 2009 | 9:11 pm

    While I was away today, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a law limiting marriage to a man and woman was unconstitutional. Cathy Lynn Grossman has some religious reaction to the decision. Here is an excerpt from Christianity Today’s story:

    In its opinion, the court addressed... read on

  • Cal Thomas isn’t defending Bernard Madoff but ...

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 3, 2009 | 9:05 pm

    ... the conservative commentator thinks we shouldn’t be so quick to cast stones. Cal Thomas writes:

    Here is the dirty secret about the Madoff tragedy. Madoff is us. Yes, he is. Do not throw down your newspaper in disgust. We are all potential members of “Swindler’s List.” Do you... read on

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