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Feiler Slower

posted by bfeiler

I’m scheduled to board a ship in Athens, Greece, this weekend and sail for Turkey, so I’ll be offline for a few days. In the meantime, here are some links to some fascinating pieces I’ve enjoyed recently. The first is […]

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Interfaith: Not Just For Liberals Anymore

posted by bfeiler

The WSJ opinion page explores how to get conservatives involved in interfaith relations. There is an assumption by commentators on the right and the left that as far as religion goes, it is liberals who work–and care to work–across faith […]

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How to Paint a Swastika

posted by bfeiler

First step: Get enough paint. I’ve been on Remsen street three times in the last 24 hours at the site of yesterday’s random swastika painting. I’ve spoken to a number of people quite knowledgeable about the situation. Here’s what I […]

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Swastikas in Brooklyn

posted by bfeiler

We’re in full preschool phase-in mode around here. Anyone with young children will recognize the game. Our two-year-olds had their first day of a two-day-a-week preschool a week ago today. For the first day the parents go and stay in […]

On Watching Ahmadinejad

posted by bfeiler

First thoughts while watching the extraordinary debate at Columbia today. Lee Bolinger gave a passionate, thoughtful introduction that was a mastery of deft put down. It will likely be viewed as a classic and I thought it was extremely well […]

Too Many Jews or Too Many Mosques

posted by bfeiler

A race for the gutter in Washington this week, as United States congressmen trip over themselves to stoke the flames of the religious wars. So a question: Who is a greater threat to America’s security, AIPAC, which Democratic Congressman Jim […]

Cut and Run: Women Fight Back

posted by bfeiler

The NYT jumps on genital mutiliation bandwagon, so to speak, with an article about how Egyptians are bonding together to fight so-called Female Genital Mutilation. This at the same time that a trial is underway in Washington State on the […]

Circumcision on Trial

posted by bfeiler

Just when I thought the talk about circumcision might die down around here, along comes a lawsuit in Seattle: A convert to Judaism wants to circumcize his 12-year-old son, but the man’s estranged wife (the boy’s mother) is objecting. A […]

Speedtraps

posted by bfeiler

Genius website? Or big disappointment? http://www.speedtrap.org/speedtraps/stetlist.asp.

Can Crocs Kill?

posted by bfeiler

Or is it the media? Do we really need a report in every media outlet that Croc shoes can get caught in escalators and threaten the health of Western civilization? They’re plastic. They’re easily washable. They work. One of the […]

Iran’s “Schindler’s List”

posted by bfeiler

America is at war with itself over Iran, or at least the Administration is. Over the weekend, I saw multiple reports about infighting in the U.S. government between the bomb-them-now hardliners under Dick Cheney and the talk-to-them-and-wait moderates under Rice. […]

JewTube v Jewhoo

posted by bfeiler

Google is preparing to sue the starters of JewTube claiming copyright infringement, but Yahoo avoided doing the same over Jewhoo. What is the Jew.S.A. coming to? Come to think of it, maybe we should start a contest for the best […]

Should Transsexuals Get a Mulligan Bar Mitzvah?

posted by bfeiler

Happy New Year to Jews out there, who are probably not exactly celebrating the occasion by checking out a blog. But in case you’re not reading the NYT either, I couldn’t resist pointing out a sentence deep in my friend […]

The Liberty Bells Tolls For Thee

posted by bfeiler

As many of you know, I’m working on a new book about the Bible in America. One of the things I write about is the Liberty Bell, which has a quote from Leviticus 25 on its side. The words say, […]

The Circus Isn’t Coming to Town

posted by bfeiler

The biggest crisis in the entertainment business that you’ve never heard of, and may not even care about, is the crisis of finding circus acts. This problem has fascinated me since my year as a circus clown some years back. […]

God the Loser in ’08 Election

posted by bfeiler

So far, God seems to be the big loser in the ’08 election. Defying every prognostication, the candidates leading in the polls — Rudy and Hillary — are viewed as the least religious. And the “most religious” candidate on the […]

How Barbie’s Butt Spans the Globe

posted by bfeiler

Forget the world, it’s Barbie’s rear end that is truly flat. The LAT traces progress by tracking the MADE IN _______ sticker on Barbie’s tushie. While feminists have long vilified Mattel’s iconic creation as a destructive role model for girls […]

The Death of God — Now in Synagogue

posted by bfeiler

The obituary of God is being written on the bestseller lists these days, as we all know. But now the latest chapter in the Death of God sweepstakes seems to be written … in synagogue! The Reform movement has written […]

Ann Landers on Circumcision

posted by bfeiler

I was looking around the Internet yesterday for some information about how God asked the Israelites to the sign the covenant at Sinai — at one point he has them sprinkle blood — when I stumbled onto this exchange with […]

Mubarak Meets Facebook

posted by bfeiler

The question of how much the Internet will change the Middle East, or other dictatorships, has swirled in recent years. Egyptians authorities have clamped down on bloggers in a number of high-profile cases. But news seeks light, as Cairo is […]

Bumped on the Brooklyn Bridge

posted by bfeiler

CNN called as I was on the Brooklyn Bridge this morning reporting that my appearance has been bumped by Larry Craig playing footsie with the justice system and a terror plot in Germany.

Me and Mother Teresa on CNN Wednesday 8:30 AM

posted by bfeiler

My appearance on CNN scheduled for last week, has now been scheduled for [Update: 8:30 AM] Wednesday morning. To refresh, this grew out of the TIME cover on Mother Teresa and her doubts about faith and the question I was […]

The First Cut is the Deepest

posted by bfeiler

I’m bumping this entry back to the fore today because it’s experiencing increased traffic. I’m the father of two-year-old girls, so I’ve not faced the issue of whether to circumcise my children or not. My guess is that my wife […]

GOP Stiffs Muslims

posted by bfeiler

Howard Dean tells Muslims to run for office to get their message heard. Smart. The GOP ignores the largest Muslim gathering in the country. Stupid. Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean told American Muslims gathered in Rosemont to think beyond […]

Valedictorians for Jesus

posted by bfeiler

Valedictorians strike me as people who know how to follow instructions. Hardly the rebellious type. I should know. I was the Valedicotrian of the Savannah Country Day School class of 1983. And my honor came with a speech, as such […]

The Chef with No Tongue

posted by bfeiler

I’ve wanted to try this restaurant in Chicago ever since my friends at GOURMET announced last October that it was the best in the country. Now, a devastating article explaining how its master chef has tongue cancer: A year after […]

Evangelicals Turn Russian

posted by bfeiler

My brother passed along this summary from the WSJ about a TNR article on the booming number of converts to the Russian Orthodox church among disenchanted evangelicals: The Orthodox Church is attracting an increasing number of disenchanted evangelical Christians in […]

Bombing Iran

posted by bfeiler

A sudden surge in talk about bombing Iran in coming weeks. My email box got a few hits this weekend from friends pointing to articles about the idea that the U.S. might bomb Iran in coming weeks. The talk seems […]

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Feiler Faster in Denver -- Final Thoughts
The last of my brother's blogs. * * * I was on the floor the other day and came across a man of about forty who wore on his left breast what looked like a military medal. A small ribbon pinned to his chest with a medallion hanging from it. It was the credential that his grandfather wore at the 196

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Feiler Faster in Denver -- Day 3
My brother's dailiy blog from inside the hall. * * * President Carter addressed the Georgia delegation this morning. Recently, he said, he'd been interviewed by the editor of the British newspaper "The Guardian" and had been asked whether a President Obama could change America's reputation in the

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Feiler Faster in Denver -- Day 2
My brother's latest blog. He's the official photographer of the Georgia Delegation. * * * Considering I described myself yesterday as a pop culture moron, the funniest response I've gotten so far was, "Who's Angela Bassett?" In the wake of opening night there's been a lot of play about Carville and

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