Jewish Journal

  • WaPo compares Jeff Sharlet to Didion, McPhee, Mailer

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 20, 2011 | 1:14 pm

    There are three (previously) new books sitting on my desk that are awaiting a post on this blog. I always like getting review copies, but I’m miserable about cracking them open and then offering some commentary within a relevant time period. (Note to book publishers.) So when Jeff... read on

  • Andy Dick’s anti-Semitic tirade

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 18, 2011 | 4:22 pm

    It’s easy to hate Andy Dick. Aside from his cameos in “Old School” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?” he’s a pretty miserable actor and a worse comedian. And in “The Hebrew Hammer,” which I was watching again last night, he kills Santa and tries to destroy Hanukkah.

    But who knew that Andy... read on

  • Gunmen kill 7 Israelis on bus near Eilat

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 18, 2011 | 10:43 am

    Tragic news out of southern Israel, via JTA:

    Palestinian gunmen attacked an Israeli bus traveling near Eilat—the first in a series of attacks that reportedly have left seven Israelis dead.

    Palestinian infiltrators from Gaza struck the Egged bus just after noon Thursday, according... read on

  • Once lost, stolen Rembrandt found in Encino church

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 17, 2011 | 8:54 pm

    A Rembrandt drawing worth a quarter million dollars was stolen from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey over the weekend. Days later, an anonymous tip led sheriff’s deputies to an Encino church halfway across Los Angeles. It’s still unclear how the Rembrandt ended up there and... read on

  • Lebanon bans Lady Gaga’s latest album

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 17, 2011 | 7:38 pm

    I thought everyone found Lady Gaga offensive, but Lebanon has banned the outrageous artist’s latest album simply because it is “offensive to religion,” specifically Christians.

    The Los Angeles Times reports:

    Boxfuls of Lady Gaga’s newest album “Born this Way” were intercepted and... read on

  • Rabbi looking for young wife to lower insurance premiums

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 17, 2011 | 3:51 pm

    When Rabbi Craig Ezring’s wife died, his insurance rates shot up. Oddly, NPR leaves any mention of religion out of this story about the 56-year-old rabbi who has gone fishing for a young wife to lower his health insurance premium. As reported:

    An insurance broker told him his small... read on

  • Do Islam’s critics read the Koran?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 16, 2011 | 6:25 pm

    This On Faith piece asking “Do critics actually read the Koran” is an interesting quick read:

    And if nothing else, long live the Golden Rule. Muslims read the Bible and the Torah and Islam proudly testifies that previous scriptures contain truth. (I personally own—and study—a... read on

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