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Buffeted By Political Firestorm, Crimean Minorities Forced to Choose

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 12.25.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Now that Crimea is firmly in the Russian column, it is to be hoped that the Kremlin will provide both peoples with as much local autonomy as possible in line with earlier pledges.

Jesus: Rambo or Prince of Peace? A Commentary on 'The Crucifixion Rule Book'

Bernard Starr | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

So for those who wish to celebrate the spiritual enlightenment of the Rabbi from Galilee for his embodiment of peace and love, they can comfortably do so. Merry Christmas.

Gay 'Agenda' Not Even Close When It Comes to Religious Persecution

James Peron | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices
James Peron

It might be useful to remember what other threats to religious liberty have actually existed in the "history of our existence as a nation."

How To Be A Jewish Boomer And Still Celebrate Christmas

Renee Fisher | Posted 12.22.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Jews throughout history have devised clever ways to horn in on the Christmas holiday. They have created their own traditions that usually involve going to the movies and/or eating Chinese food. They get trees and festoon them with blue ornaments and call them Hanukkah bushes.

What Is the Future for France's Jews?

Eric Keslassy | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion
Eric Keslassy

Battered by hatred, French Jews are getting scared. Promises to emigrate abroad (including, but not only, to Israel) have increased significantly. Is leaving the only solution for the Jews of France?

A Survivor Recalls What It Was Like to Be Experimented on During the Holocaust

Quora | Posted 12.19.2014 | Fifty
Quora

As a guinea pig in Auschwitz, we had to realize that they could do to our bodies whatever they wanted and we had no control over what they put into us, what they removed, or how they treated us, and there was no place for us to go.

How Abercrombie & Fitch Brought American Muslims And Jews Together

The Daily Beast | Dean Obeidallah | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion

Say what you want about Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F), the chain has done something special. No, I’m not talking some dazzling new clothing line for ult...

Scott Walker Jokes With Rabbis About 'Molotov' Gaffe

AP | By SCOTT BAUER | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is trying to take his "Molotov" gaffe in stride. Walker, speaking after a menorah-lighting cer...

A Holocaust Survivor's Inspiring Answer to 'What Gives You Hope During Tough Times?'

Quora | Posted 12.12.2014 | Fifty
Quora

I have only one memory -- crawling on the barrack floor, because I no longer could walk. There was a faucet on the other end of the barrack. As I was crawling, I would fade in and out of consciousness. I just kept thinking, I must survive, I must survive.

Move Over, Santa -- The Maccabee Fairies Are Coming To Town

Jessica Shaool | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Jessica Shaool

The very next day, I knew, in my bones, something had to be done. Something had to be done to prevent my Jewish kids from taking the Polar Express straight to Christmastown this year -- or any other, for that matter.

ReThink Review -- Exodus: Gods and Kings -- Whitewashing Gets Biblically Bizarre

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.12.2014 | Religion
Jonathan Kim

Usually when a film depicting a story from the Bible is made, the main danger for a studio is angering religious groups who feel that the film is attacking their beliefs or strays too far from accepted (or at least favored) interpretations.

What Poland's Jewish History Museum Can Teach Us

José M. Faraldo | Posted 12.11.2014 | Religion
José M. Faraldo

Whereas the North American Holocaust museum deals with the immense crimes perpetrated by the Nazis, the Warsaw museum is focused most of all on of Jewish life.

Christian or Jewish Gospel Figures? The Answer Will Surprise You

Bernard Starr | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Art historians, art critics, and curators of Renaissance painting exhibits have participated in a grand deception. They have remained silent in the face of falsifications of biblical history in artworks that are staring right at them.

The Jerusalem Synagogue Attack: Let's Talk Truth

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Dawn Q Landau

My 24-year-old daughter lives in Jerusalem. It's not a large city, so anything that happens in Jerusalem, is too close for comfort in this mother's eyes. I am not a staunch pro-Israel supporter, as many expect I might be. However, this was wrong on all levels. This is black and white for me: this was terrorism.

A Time for Prayer, Thanksgiving, Discernment and Strategic Nonviolent Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.27.2014 | Religion
Marian Wright Edelman

Through daily moral consciousness we must all counter the proliferating voices of racial and ethnic and religious division that are regaining too much respectability over the land.

Thanksgiving and Political Correctness

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Thanksgiving has been celebrated by Native Americans, Christians, Jews and whoever else wants to since 1621, and I firmly believe we should continue unapologetically to celebrate giving thanks to God Almighty for our many blessings.

Anita Diamant's The Boston Girl: An Immigrant's Tale, Hanging Onto the Old Ways

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 11.21.2014 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

From the opening of Anita Diamant's heartwarming novel, The Boston Girl, when Addie Bauman, an 85-year-old grandmother recounts her life story to her granddaughter, I was struck by the similarities between the Jewish cultural beliefs and mores in Boston in 1915, when Addie's story starts, and in Iran, where I grew up in the 1960s and '70s.

These Texas Doctors Prove That Jews And Muslims Can Achieve Great Things By Working Together

Houston Chronicle | Karen Chen | Posted 11.16.2014 | Religion

In a collaboration that's being called the first of its kind in the country, Muslim and Jewish doctors joined forces Sunday to provide free medical sc...

Wannabe Demographers?

Diane Tobin | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion
Diane Tobin

Shalva Weil's characterization of "wannbe" Jews is itself derogatory and dismissive. Those exploring their heritage or seeking to convert to Judaism should according to our tradition be treated with respect, even if they do not choose to complete their journey.

Bridging Jewish Generations

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Millennial Jews are not joining synagogues at the same rate as their parents and certainly not at the same rate as their grandparents. Many Jewish leaders are struggling to understand this new generation, which will have a profound impact on the future of Jewish life in America.

Merry F*@king Christmas

Rich Siegel | Posted 11.10.2014 | Comedy
Rich Siegel

Deck the halls with boughs of holly, whatever the hell that means. Break out the ugly sweaters. Get those antlers on the SUV. Tis the season to be jolly. Put a smile on your face. It could be worse. Christmas could be a Jewish Holiday.

Yoga Anyone?

Rachel Wahba | Posted 11.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Rachel Wahba

When I arrived in Los Angeles ten years earlier as an eighteen year old foreigner, it wasn't Kobe, and it was a lot bigger than The American Pharmacy. I was about to live my dream of being surrounded by Americans, especially American Jews.

What Jewish Millennials Want

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.06.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

We are creatures of expression living in an age of expression. We are deluged daily with information and opinion, with pundits and preachers proffering perspective.

Why Don't Progressive Jews Believe in an Afterlife? Are They Missing Something?

Stafford Betty | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Stafford Betty

As a professor who studies attitudes toward death among a wide populace, I ask myself, "Are my Jewish friends in denial?" After all, if death really is our destination, then we cease to exist when we die.

New Warsaw Museum Sheds Light on 1,000 Year Story of Jews in Poland

Penny Schwartz | Posted 11.04.2014 | Arts
Penny Schwartz

In a ceremony marked by fanfare, pageantry and a measure of solemnity, on October 28, the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews officially opened its doors to the public.