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Restore our Counselors: Remembering William Hall

posted by David Klinghoffer

Strange how the mind works, isn’t it? For some reason this morning I got up and was thinking about William Hall, a teacher I had in my sophomore year of high school who passed away tragically and quite young when I was in […]

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Can You Trust a Guy Who Doesn’t Drink?

posted by David Klinghoffer

The Hebrew Bible includes both praise for and warnings about alcohol. Even a Nazirite has to bring a sacrifice at the end of his vow period (which includes a prohibition against wine) to atone for having given up a legitimate worldly […]

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Synchronicity and Tisha b’Av Amid Record-Breaking Heat for Seattle

posted by David Klinghoffer

When I got home last night ready to start the 25-hour fast of Tisha b’Av (no food, water, or bathing from sunset till dark the next day), mourning the destruction of the two Jerusalem Temples and much else that’s tragic […]

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Robert Wright’s Evolution of God

posted by David Klinghoffer

It’s hard for a religious believer not to appreciate, at least in part, the spirit in which Robert Wright presents his new book The Evolution of God. On one hand, he regards the history of religion as the history of […]

A Morality Crisis in Orthodox Judaism?

posted by David Klinghoffer

Jeffrey Goldberg thinks there is such a crisis and conducts a very interesting interview with Erica Brown on the theme. You knew people would begin asking such questions, and answering them in the affirmative, when the Syrian Orthodox Jewish community […]

On Jewish Atheists I

posted by David Klinghoffer

I’ve been mulling the fact that some of the leading figures in the New Atheist movement are born-Jews, at least according to their own accounts. Christopher Hitchens is Jewish through his mother’s mother (and proud of it, which I find […]

Darwinists and Their Strategy of Intimidation

posted by David Klinghoffer

Some commenters on an earlier post have expressed doubt that believers in Darwinism seek to intimidate dissenters. Give me a break! Of course that’s exactly what Darwinists try to do whether in academic life or in the humbler context of […]

Shocked by Littering: How a Civilization Crumbles

posted by David Klinghoffer

I was waiting in line at a drive-thru Starbucks here in Redmond just now, as the third car in line. The occupants of a black pickup at the head of the line seemed to be taking an incredibly long time […]

The Romantic View of Sephardic Jews Runs into a New Jersey Pothole

posted by David Klinghoffer

That’s Deal, New Jersey, I refer to, the scene of the arrest of some rabbis associated with the Syrian Sephardic community. The Syrian Jewish community there and in Brooklyn is often referred to as an “enclave.” Being an enclave generally […]

Deuteronomy on “Poor-Mouthing”

posted by David Klinghoffer

“Poor-mouthing” means talking about yourself as if you were poor, or poorer than you are, in order to engage other people’s sympathy. I won’t hide from you that our family continuously and increasingly faces issues of insolvency — yet the […]

Why Darwinists Have a Hard Time Being Civil

posted by David Klinghoffer

It’s been so illuminating to me, dealing with Darwinists all the time on this blog — cleaning up after them (unpublishing their rude comments, personal insults, etc.). Their purpose is intimidation. Normal people don’t enjoy dealing with rudeness, so they […]

Francis Collins Mangles Maimonides — Following Leon Wieseltier?

posted by David Klinghoffer

When I complained a couple of days ago about people who misrepresent Maimonides as a proto-Darwinist, then cited a newish biography by Joel Kraemer on the subject as solid evidence that Maimonides would be an intelligent-design advocate and that the […]

George Gilder’s Israel Test

posted by David Klinghoffer

Can the case be made in purely secular terms that Israel’s continuing existence should urgently matter to the United States? Because if not, Israel is in serious trouble. The Jewish state can’t rely exclusively on Evangelical Christians and, secondarily, Jews […]

Rashi’s Importance for Christians

posted by David Klinghoffer

Regarding Elie Wiesel’s new biography Rashi, on the great medieval French commentator on the Torah, the Hebrew Bible, and the Talmud, I mentioned that he’s important not just for Jews but for Christians. His name is an acronym for Rabbi Shlomo […]

It Is Rashi Speaking

posted by David Klinghoffer

Today is the Yahrtzeit (death anniversary) of Rashi, whose massive commentary on most of the Hebrew Bible and Talmud defines much of the meaning of those documents not only for Jews but for Christians too. I’ve been reading Elie Wiesel’s sweet […]

New House Rule: No Sock Puppetry

posted by David Klinghoffer

My purpose here as always is to make sure that anyone with an idea or response to share will feel comfortable participating in any discussion sparked by this blog. Turmarion, a thoughtful reader and oftentimes critic of what I write, […]

A Challenge to Intelligent Design-Bashing Regulars on this Blog

posted by David Klinghoffer

You know who you are. Rather than go on grousing about how there’s no evidence for intelligent design, it’s not science, and so on and so forth, here’s my challenge to you personally. Read Stephen C. Meyer‘s new book, Signature […]

Maimonides on Intelligent Design, According to New Biographer

posted by David Klinghoffer

Gosh, I get so tired of cliches from religion-friendly mush-heads. According to one such cliche: Maimonides was a physician. A physician is a kind of scientist. Maimonides was therefore a religious scientist. Consequently any attempt to merge any science-flavored idea, […]

2012 — End of the World?

posted by David Klinghoffer

The Mayan calendar runs out at the end of 2012, a purported signal that the world will then either face an apocalyptic end or realize a complete transformation of consciousness. Author Daniel Pinchbeck did a lot to popularize the idea, and […]

Jewish Dating Advice — Confidential! (And Keep It That Way)

posted by David Klinghoffer

I’m kicking myself right now. An old friend from the East Coast got in touch with me about setting up her brother-in-law with an eligible and attractive single Jewish woman here in Seattle, and did I know of such a […]

The Real Enemies of Israel and the Jews

posted by David Klinghoffer

What group, movement, or country is it that Jews really have to worry about and devote energy to combatting? Is it Iran? Palestinian anti-Semites? Terrorists generally? Neo-Nazis? If you go on the ADL website, you’ll see a big tribute to […]

Necromancy and Alzheimer’s Among Darwin Faithful

posted by David Klinghoffer

That’s my subject at Evolution News & Views, where I take on a response to the Thomas Jefferson/intelligent design connection from University of Chicago biologist Jerry A. Coyne. Read the rest there. Excerpt below: On his blog, Coyne lashes out at […]

Peace for Our Time! With Dr. Collins, How Far Is Too Far?

posted by David Klinghoffer

When it comes to capitulating to secularism, how far is too far? I’m serious. This is not a rhetorical question. Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, an Evangelical Christian and former Bush speechwriter, writes glowingly of Obama’s Francis Collins nomination for NIH: […]

Boston Globe, Den of Theocracy!

posted by David Klinghoffer

There must be a nest of theocrats over at the Boston Globe, ready to spring Christianist rule on us all. Someone call Andrew Sullivan! On today’s op-ed page they publish Stephen C. Meyer who argues that if you like the Declaration of Independence, […]

Jews at the White House — A Thought Experiment

posted by David Klinghoffer

Just imagine: If the American Jewish community were known to stand predominantly for something grand, cosmic, eternal, permanent, and universal in significance, don’t you think the President of the United States would be likelier to listen to us when we […]

Jews at the White House — What Are “Jewish Concerns”? Just Israel?

posted by David Klinghoffer

Yesterday, 16 top American Jewish leaders, representing 14 major Jewish organizations, met with Barack Obama in the White House. They had the ear of the president of the United States. From news reports, it seems they chose to talk about […]

Ode on a Grecian Flypaper Strip

posted by David Klinghoffer

Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? This bears upon our earlier discussion of whether a horribly vile Lovecraftian creature would satisfy God as the ultimate product of an undirected process of evolution as imagined by Darwin. Impoverished island-dwelling […]

A Staff in God’s Hand: On the Approach of Tisha b’Av

posted by David Klinghoffer

A final thought on hate and the condition to which traditional religious believers are subjected in this world. Judaism encourages us to look closely at the name of the Torah reading each week, always drawn from a word, sometimes a seeming […]

Let’s Retire the Word “Fundamentalist”

posted by David Klinghoffer

It sometimes happens that a word outlives its usefulness and has to be put out to pasture along with other terms like “Negro,” for example, or “Oriental.” Or maybe the preferable metaphor would be partial retirement. We can still appropriately […]

On Being Hated (at Brown): A Postscript

posted by David Klinghoffer

Yesterday I wrote about the personal viciousness that issues from the Left in a way it doesn’t from the Right. This actually played a big role in the development of my own thinking, both religious (toward Orthodox Judaism) and political […]

A Jewish Pope?

posted by David Klinghoffer

There are certain things we take for granted about Judaism that turn out not to be so. Like that Jews never proselytized. That they don’t have a mission to the world. And that, for another example, Judaism after the destruction […]

On Being Hated: A Note to — and About — Readers

posted by David Klinghoffer

Good news: As I know from the weekly reports I get from Beliefnet, traffic on this still relatively new blog keeps going up. That’s heartening. Yet if you follow the comments box at all here you will have noticed something […]

Why the Jews Worshiped a Golden Calf

posted by David Klinghoffer

Yesterday, groggy from fasting, I read a draft of an essay for a friend. I hope I was helpful in giving some comments to him. I can go relatively easily without the food and maybe the water (from dawn to dark) but […]

H.P. Lovecraft, Darwinism’s Visionary Storyteller

posted by David Klinghoffer

Picture a majestic T. rex receiving the tablets of the Ten Commandments in its undersized forelimbs, or an elegant octopus crucified on an old rugged cross with four crossbars instead of one. Such images are what Kenneth Miller presumably has […]

Francis Collins on Abortion: Obama’s Pick for NIH and His “Devout” Views on Terminating Down Syndrome Children

posted by David Klinghoffer

Do you ever notice how religious believers are always cited by the media as “devout” precisely when they are equivocating on basic Judeo-Christian moral and theological tenets? Dr. Francis Collins has some startling ideas on abortion. Startling, that is, from an […]

Francis Collins: Picked by Obama, Attacked by Atheists, Wrong on Theology

posted by David Klinghoffer

Genome scientist and Evangelical Christian Francis Collins got the nod from President Obama today to head up the National Institutes of Health. Atheists are already on the attack. Thus Jerry Coyne at the U. of Chicago pronounces himself “worried”: “I’d […]

Full Female Crudity (& Gay Marriage)

posted by David Klinghoffer

Herodotus in his Histories describes the primitive tribes that lived on the western shore of the Caspian sea in ancient times. Some, he reported, were said to “couple in the open…like animals in herds.” Perhaps that’s what we as a culture are […]

Jewish Mysticism Meets Intelligent Design: Whose Signature in the Cell?

posted by David Klinghoffer

My op-ed in the Jerusalem Post today discusses the eerie anticipation of ideas about the genetic code by Jewish mysticism, or kabbala. I cite the Tanya (1796) but the tradition on this — creation through the combination of letters — […]

What Idolatry Isn’t

posted by David Klinghoffer

Everyone thinks they know what idolatry is. Do they? Something I came across in the Talmud this morning prompts me to ask. As my friend Rabbi Daniel Lapin puts it, the Talmud is best understood as a spiritual-intellectual laboratory where […]

What Jewish Mission?

posted by David Klinghoffer

A remarkable opinion piece by Joel Alperson and carried by JTA includes this observation: I’ve collected the mission statements of the largest 17 Jewish federations in North America, and not one mentions “God,” “Torah” or “Judaism.” Nor do the mission […]

Why Gay Activists like Dan Savage Get Mad When You Point Out the Truth

posted by David Klinghoffer

The truth, that is, about the impact on women if Savage’s dreams of men marrying men come true. In the gay marriage debate, heterosexual women are a crucial swing vote. Every poll I’ve looked at shows this: men are more opposed […]

“Worldview-Induced Blindness,” Intelligent Design, & the Ashes of the Red Heifer

posted by David Klinghoffer

Chuck Colson’s formulation, “worldview-induced blindness,” that I noted yesterday helps explain a lot of things. It explains, for example, why believers in Darwinism can’t open their eyes and see when presented with scientific evidence of design in nature. (Note to […]

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