Posts tagged "judaism"

Addressing Beck’s Anti-Semitism

Did the Rabbis convince Rupert Murdock to edit Glenn Beck yet?

Religion and the Definition of Death

From The Lancet:
An intense debate has been rekindled in orthodox Jewish circles on whether brain-stem death is compatible with the definition of death by the Halacha—the collective body of Jewish law. Last week, the UK's Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks caused widespread consternation among physicians when he issued an edict stating that he and his...

Unraveling the Israel Alliance

“Jews in America aren’t endangered, but the power of the religious right has clearly reached a point where a great many feel exceedingly nervous. The fear is not of pogroms or outright discrimination; rather, it’s of the disappearance of the secular civic culture that allowed Jews to feel like full citizens of America rather than...

Mamas, Don’t Let Your Sons Grow Up to Be Evil Biblical Kings

After receiving numerous inquiries from Jewish parents fearful of misnaming their children, a group of Israeli rabbis has compiled a list of bad names that shouldn’t be given to Jewish children, including the first names of both the prime minister, Ariel Sharon — whose first name could call down the wrath of its angelic namesake...

J-Post, Christian Edition

Chris McGreal of The Guardian reports on the plans of Israeli’s oldest English-language paper, The Jerusalem Post, to launch a new Christian edition, assembled in connection with the International Christian Embassy (which is campaigning agains Israeli divestment plans being discussed in the Presbyterian and other churches), to bolster readership among American Christian conservatives. As for...

Rabbi For Krakow

Yesterday, Rabbi Avraham Flaks became the first full-time rabbi to serve Krakow since the Holocaust, taking with his position a mission to revive Jewish life and help community members rediscover their heritage in the city where Jewish culture was almost entirely wiped out.


Talmud for dummies: Brooklyn-based publisher ArtScroll/Mesorah has sunk $21 million into a new, 73-volume, easy English edition of the Talmud. Now that’s some religion media.

What’s a Nice Jewish Girl to Do?

“How a beautiful, artistic, well-to-do Jewish girl became, by turns, a hippie and still later a fundamentalist Christian makes for a fascinating chapter in the story of postwar Jewish identity.” Paul Zakrzewski reviews Assembling My Father in Forward.

They Have What to Say?

Hamodia, America’s only English-language Jewish daily, was conceived as an antidote to mainstream press. For Stephen Vider, writing at Nextbook, it seemed like an opening into an insular world. Instead, he found that it functions as another closed door. “Hamodia didn’t cover the Abu Ghraib scandal for a week and then, the editors deleted the key paragraph from...

Judaism’s Thriving Concern

“Today thousands of Chabad faithful are expected to gather in Queens, N.Y., at the grave of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson to mark the 10th anniversary of his death. Among them will be a fair number who believe Schneerson is soon to be resurrected.” William Lobdell writes of “Judaism’s Thriving Concern.”

10 June 2004 Daily Links

8:44 pm: One of the bloggers at Not Perfection puts the events of the week in perspective. “I feel bad about Ronald Reagan’s passing, but let’s keep perspective. You heard the call for it here first — put Ray Charles on the ten-dollar bill. Can I get an Amen?” Amen! 4:55 pm: Elizabeth Frankenberger in the Forward on the 75th birthday of Anne...


Scholars, wonks, and rebbeles; mameles and makhers-in-their-own-minds; such are the denizens of jBlog (as the Jewish blogosphere is called). We’ve started with these blogs because they’re smart, or funny, or maybe even both. Some are neither, but they take us into parts of the Jewish world we’d never see otherwise. Our initial selection isn’t representative...