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Bernard Starr, Ph.D., psychologist/journalist/gerontologist, was formerly professor of developmental and educational psychology and director of a graduate program in gerontology at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. He is founder, and for 25 years the managing editor, of the cutting edge Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Springer Publishing Co.); also editor of the Springer Series, Adulthood and Aging and Lifestyles and Issues in Aging. For seven years he was writer, producer and host of an award winning radio commentary, The Longevity Report, on WEVD-AM Radio in NYC that was twice nominated for the Alfred I. duPont Award in Broadcast Journalism. His numerous op-ed and commentary articles on issues of an aging society for the Scripps Howard News Service have appeared in newspapers throughout the United States. He currently produces and hosts television documentaries on meaningful, active and productive living in the third age of life for Phoenix Rising Television Productions. From 2008-2010 he was president of the Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy and is currently the main United Nations representative for the Institute of Global Education that founded the Mucherla Global School in Mucherla, India. Dr. Starr is co author of The Starr-Weiner Report on Sex and Sexuality in the Mature Years (Stein and Day and McGraw Hill; also British and German editions). His latest book, Escape Your Own Prison: Why We Need Spirituality and Psychology to be Truly Free, is published by Rowman and Littlefield.

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The Railway Man Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman Will Take You on an Unforgettable Trip

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 5:47 PM

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Soon after it opened in London in January, I attended a preview screening in New York of The Railway Man, directed by Jonathan Teplitzky and starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, and Hiroyuki Sanada. The film has just been released...

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Jesus and Paul Chose to Die as Dedicated Jews--According to the New Testament

(3) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 4:36 PM

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Christ Before Pilate by Mihaly Munkacsy--Wikimedia.org


If you were accused of a crime punishable by death wouldn't you use your best defense? And if you believed that you didn't commit a crime and, moreover, that the accusing authority lacked jurisdiction over...

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The Cut That Divided Jews and Christians -- and the Mystery of the Missing Circumcision in Artworks

(12) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 6:22 PM

I was puzzled when I first learned about the Christian Feast of the Circumcision. The celebration, which dates to the sixth century or earlier, commemorates the circumcision of Jesus. Over the centuries Jesus' foreskin (prepuce), which many churches claimed to possess, was worshiped as the "Holy...

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Tribute to the Beatles -- and Sid Bernstein Who Brought Them to America

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 7:27 PM

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In 1994, when I was hosting a talk show, along with my colleague Marcella Weiner, on WEVD-AM radio in New York City, we had the privilege of interviewing Sid Bernstein on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the...

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Why Have Art Historians Been Silent About the Falsification of Biblical History in Artworks?

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 12:09 PM

When I recently visited the impressive Marc Chagall exhibit at the Jewish Museum in New York City, I was surprised that more than half of the 31 paintings include a crucifixion theme. More surprising, the dying Jesus is clearly a Jew, frequently shown wearing a Jewish prayer shawl rather than...

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Jewish Jesus, 'Christ Killers,' and the Hidden Code of Hatred

(4) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 2:14 PM

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Crucifixion by Luca Signorelli


Just when I thought that society had gotten over the bizarre charge that Jews were collectively responsible for the death of Jesus, an equally bizarre missive has come along to challenge my complacency. A newsletter from one of...

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The Return of the Blood Libel: Can Art Stop the Hemorrhaging of Hate?

(3) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 4:22 PM

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From the Nazi newspaper Westdeutchen Beobachter of Cologne (public domain).


One of the most bizarre accusations against Jews dates back to the Middle Ages and continued well into the nineteenth century. The Nazi propaganda machine revived the myth in...

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Jesus in Jewish Art: The Missing Pieces

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 9:35 AM

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Medieval and Renaissance artworks commonly Christianized Jesus, his family and close followers while omitting their Jewish identities. This phenomenon contributed significantly to the historic rift between Christianity and Judaism by picturing Jesus and Jews as separate in religion and ethnicity....

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"Love Your Neighbor as Yourself": Failing Grade for Religious America

(353) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 12:07 PM

2013-09-30-HomelessandHungrychildatlardbucket.org2.jpgA 2012 University of Chicago study reveals that the U.S is among the five most religious nations. How does that play out?

Listen to sermons throughout religious America and you are likely to hear variations on...

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Jewish Jesus Visits the Jewish Museum

(7) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 6:15 PM

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The Falling Angel by Marc Chagall


Last week I viewed the new exhibit of Marc Chagall's paintings at New York's Jewish Museum (Chagall: Love, War and Exile). The show features images of the Jewish Jesus, a subject of great interest...

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Art Contributed to the Christian-Jewish Divide, and Art Can Heal it

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 3:43 PM

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Rod Borghese's rendition of Esteban Murillo's Baptism of Christ

From its very beginnings Christianity sought separation from Judaism. No small task since Christianity arose from Jewish prophesies and a connection to the Jewish Davidic line, which, according to the Torah, would produce the...

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Rembrandt, Jews and Jesus: Putting Judaism Back in the Picture

(22) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 10:50 AM

Rembrandt and the Images of Jesus, a 2011-2012 exhibit curated by the Louvre, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Detroit Institute of Arts presented artworks, primarily by 17-century, Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn, which displayed images of Jesus that departed from typical Renaissance...

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Reza Aslan: Why Aren't You a Jew?

(36) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 3:04 PM

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Lucky for Reza Aslan that he was subjected to a brutally ridiculous interview by religion correspondent Lauren Green on Fox News. Green asked why a Muslim would write a book about Jesus. Even though Aslan reminded her that he had also written...

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Will the Real Jesus Please Step Forward: Many Stories, Few Facts

(7) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 4:35 PM

In writing my book Jesus Uncensored: Restoring the Authentic Jew I immediately faced a dilemma: Which Jesus needs to be restored?

The historical "facts" about Jesus range from sparse to nil, prompting the question, did Jesus exist, or was he a mythical invention? Historians are not much...

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Will 'Schmekelgate' Stop the Rise of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer?

(7) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 3:28 PM

Jesus said to the crowd about to stone a woman to death for committing infidelity, "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone." Well, times have changed. It's getting harder and harder for the sheriff even to round-up a posse willing to throw...

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Taking the Jew Out of Jesus -- and Putting It Back

(40) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 12:54 PM

When I was a guest on Dr. Michael Brown's nationally syndicated radio show "Line of Fire," our conversation focused on a chapter in my book Jesus Uncensored, entitled "The Ethnic Cleansing of Judaism in Medieval and Renaissance Art." Here I show that classical artworks washed out all traces...

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The Last Supper According to Judas in the Works by Famed Filmmaker Armondo Linus Acosta

(8) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 3:13 PM

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Bible stories are hot and Hollywood studios are rushing to cash in. Leading the pack, Viacom is teaming up with Paramount Pictures for a $125 million epic, Noah, starring Russell Crowe. MGM is planning...

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'Christ Killers': The Hidden Agenda

(102) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 3:04 PM

The historic charge "Christ Killers" leveled against Jews is one of the most bizarre indictments ever made. Its defiance of facts and logic would be comical if it weren't for the horrific slaughter of untold numbers of Jews over the centuries based on that accusation. Bizarre and illogical because statements...

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The Apostle Paul Lived and Died as a Dedicated Jew

(106) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 1:15 PM

It's widely acknowledged that Jesus was a thoroughly practicing Jew throughout his life. Anglican Priest Bruce Chilton expressed that conclusion explicitly and concisely in his book "Rabbi Jesus": "It became clear to me that everything Jesus did was as a Jew, for Jews, and about Jews."

But what about...

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Surprising Secrets for a Long Life Revealed

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 12:19 PM

Ask those who have achieved a ripe old age how they account for their longevity and you get amusing if not instructive answers. Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper of the Netherlands, the world's oldest human when she died at age 115 in 2004, attributed her long life to eating herring...

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