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Musee Nissim de Camondo: Thoughts About the Attacks in Paris

Ruth Seltzer Vogel | Posted 11.20.2016 | Religion
Ruth Seltzer Vogel

The horrifying events in the weeks following the trip intensified my confusion. It is clear that the France of the 21st century is very different, in crucial ways, from the de Camondo's France.

A Prayer for a Fearful America

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 11.20.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Again and again Scripture tells us: Be not afraid, for God is with us.

GOP Should Stop Using Refugee Crisis To Make Political Points

Pat Choate | Posted 11.19.2016 | Politics
Pat Choate

GOP governors, members of Congress and presidential candidates are failing the tests of leadership and morality being created by the Syrian refugee crisis. Virtually every Republican supporting the big stall is a professed Christian. Their hypocrisy is glaring.

Extinguishing Liberty's Flame on Refugees

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.19.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Emma Lazarus, who's proud and shinning words stand indelibly inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, would weep in sorrow and shame if she were with us today as an ever increasing number of our political "leaders" and citizens call for the United States to extinguish the flame of liberty on Middle Eastern refugees of war.

A Letter To Prophet Muhammad

Taymullah Abdur-Rahman | Posted 11.19.2016 | Religion
Taymullah Abdur-Rahman

These terrorists try and suppress the humanity and forbearance you demonstrated. Remember when you were stoned bloody and took no revenge? Remember when the pagan Arabs used to dump animal carcasses on your doorstep and you would clean up without saying a word?

On Overcoming Darkness With Light

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 11.18.2016 | Religion
Fran Moreland Johns

One response in one corner of the world came on Sunday, November 15 in the form of a service of words and music by Muslims, Christians and Jews at San Francisco's Calvary Presbyterian Church which this writer was fortunate to attend. It is, in all probability, exemplary of other responses across the planet.

To Eat (or Not to Eat) Unclean Meat

Steve Gertz | Posted 11.12.2016 | Religion
Steve Gertz

My wife and I, both of whom are Christians, once had some Muslim friends over for a meal, and we made the mistake of offering them meat that was not halal. For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, halal means 'permissible' in Arabic.

The Holocaust: A Homework Assignment for Ben Carson

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.06.2016 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Dr. Carson, if you are open to discovering the truth about the Holocaust and can find an hour to play catch-up, here are some "Cliff's Notes" and links to help you learn the well documented truth about the horrors of Hitler's war against the Jews.

Interfaith Peace Building Could Be Key in Ending Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 11.02.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

The Abraham Fund's efforts, led by Jews and Muslims working side-by-side, represent a ray of hope in a region that too often lacks hope.

Hitler, Benjamin and Hajj Amin

Sami Moubayed | Posted 10.26.2016 | Politics
Sami Moubayed

Benjamin Netanyahu's words were no mistake; they were a deliberate distortion of history--made for political reasons. The only thing they achieved, however, was adding Netanyahu to the long list of Holocaust Deniers.

Remember When Jesus Took a Stand on Marriage Equality?

Robert Hall | Posted 10.22.2016 | Religion
Robert Hall

Take a stand. That is the battle cry of the opposing sides in the pot-boiling church debates over same-sex marriage as churches leave denominations and members leave local churches.

American Jews Face a Political Paradox

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 10.20.2016 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

As we approach the 2016 election it is hard not to get a sense that one party, the Republicans, love Israel, but are not so crazy about Jews, while the other likes Jews, but is not so crazy about Israel.

Amidst Violence at Home, Israel's Chief Rabbi Finds Kindred Spirits Among Imams in New York

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 10.20.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

Even as a wave of violence escalated between Palestinians and Israelis in Jerusalem, I had the honor to host a luncheon at which the Chief Rabbi of Israel, David Lau, met and conversed warmly with a distinguished delegation of imams and Muslim leaders from New York and New Jersey.

'A Moment of Hope': Amos Gitai Talks About Rabin, the Last Day

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 10.16.2016 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I love movies because they seem to simplify life. Nowhere is it more clear than on the big screen when a character's predicament begins to shift.

Winning a Spiritual War Takes Spirit

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 10.15.2016 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

As an Israeli, it is hard to speak of responsibility when emotions of terror and vengeance permeate every sensible corner still left in our minds.

Praying for Israel During Troubled Times

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

I share here a few statements made by national Jewish organizations during these last few days, and ask us all to stay tuned in, to pray for peace, for safety, for life for Israelis and Palestinians. I ask you to take action how you see fit to save lives, to speak love, to share your dreams for and take steps to recreate the world as you believe it should be.

#Blacklivesmatter and the Fight for a Free Palestine

Max Dorfman | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Max Dorfman

It seems each year there is another conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Violence erupts--and immediately one side accuses the other of inciting terrorism. It is the most obviously cyclical conflict I have ever seen. And there is no end in sight.

Who Was the Most Destructive Jewish "Messiah"? It Wasn't Jesus

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.14.2016 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Christians have shrugged off Maimonides' interpretation of the Messiah prophesy with their belief that Jesus will fulfill the Jewish Messianic prophesy in a second coming -- a second coming that has been forecast as imminent since the first century in the teachings of Saint Paul.

His Mother Turned Left at Auschwitz

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 10.05.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Ernie Hollander and his family arrived at Auschwitz in 1944. He was seventeen years old and on his coat he wore a large yellow Star of David. His mother had sewn it there for him. Ernie and his family had traveled three days by train without food in a crowded cattle car from Iloshvo, a town in the Carpathian Mountains in what was then Hungary.

From Warzone to U.S. Campuses: Stories of Syrian Professors Making Impact

Jim Luce | Posted 10.04.2016 | Impact
Jim Luce

By getting to know Dr. Hasan and his wife, Mitzi has become an outspoken advocate on behalf of refugees fleeing violence in the Mideast and North Africa. The scope of this human crisis is overwhelming, simply unfathomable.

Pope Francis and the Rebranding of Catholicism

Michele Somerville | Posted 10.02.2016 | Religion
Michele Somerville

As a Catholic who observed closely the resignation of the emeritus pope and elevation of Jorge Bergoglio, in March of 2013, with hope and some suspicion, I find myself vexed by the profuse adulation Pope Francis I received during his visit to the United States.

Looking for Sanctuary and Being Turned Away from the Synagogue of My Youth

Ellen Frankel | Posted 10.01.2016 | Religion
Ellen Frankel

There's a more welcoming feel at Bed, Bath and Beyond, even on those occasions where they apologize that they are unable to take the expired coupons. Their doors open easily, automatically.

Hearing Echoes Of The Past, Jews Are On The Front Line Of The European Refugee Crisis

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion

Heartbreaking images of men, women and children risking everything for a better life continue to dominate the news as well over 500,000 migrants and r...

New York Snapshot: "The White Knight of Fordham Road"

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 09.28.2016 | New York
Andrew J. Lederer

I was running to Sunday yoga class in Isham Park, getting in some exercise ahead of exercise, if you know what I mean. And when I'm motivated to this extent, I'm generally not of a mind to stop until I'm done.

Ann's F'ing Tweet: Semantics, Semitics and My Students

Stuart Dow | Posted 09.24.2016 | Media
Stuart Dow

As I write, it's Yom Kippur -- the holiest day in the Jewish year. It's 25 hours of fasting, praying, repenting and confessing. In that spirit, here's an uncomfortable admission. I kind of like Ann Coulter. Don't get me wrong, I disagree with much of what she says.