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Sunday, March 25, 2018


How Jerry Falwell Changed the Republican Party

11:41 14 March in Culture, History, Politics, Religion, U.S. Politics
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By Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil Jerry Falwell “stamped out” anti-Semitism in the Republican Party, said Michael Sean Winters, a reporter for the National Catholic Reporter—and no Falwell sympathizer—at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC earlier this week. By making Israel a concern for conservative Christians, Falwell...

Twenty (Jewish) Questions

13:31 08 March in Politics, Religion
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by Kelley Kidd Monday night, I sat in traffic in a taxi outside the Washington Convention Center as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) gala (addressed by Benjamin Netanyahu) went on inside. Protest groups shouted out against a potential war in Iran.  My taxi driver,...

Book Review | They Don’t Make Jews Like Jesus Anymore

03:15 05 March in 2012 March-April, Book Review, Issues, Religion, Topics

By Pamela Eisenbaum Daniel Boyarin, professor of Talmudic Culture at the University of California Berkeley, may be the most influential scholar of ancient Judaism today. He also has wide-ranging interests—theology, religion, cultural studies, literary theory—and because Boyarin’s work is interdisciplinary and he writes in an engaging...

Jewish Word | A Word Fit for a King

02:43 05 March in 2012 March-April, Issues, Jewish Word, Religion, Topics
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By Caitlin Yoshika Kandil Today, “messiah” usually brings to mind a personal savior, the end of time, the Kingdom of Heaven—or Jesus Christ. This grand, contemporary understanding, however, hides the word’s humble origins—and its millennia-long evolution. The word messiah is derived from the Hebrew root mem, shin, chet,...