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Glenn Beck & Maimonides

posted by David Klinghoffer

Did you ever think you’d see those two names juxtaposed? I watched Beck’s CPAC speech online just now all the way through — an hour plus. Beck by virtue of his headlining CPAC appearance has been more or less designated as the […]

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Tefillin in the News

posted by David Klinghoffer

I was wondering when this would happen — to me! I’ve occasionally donned phylacteries, a/k/a tefillin, en route aboard an airplane to pray in the morning, per Jewish tradition. You don’t want to do it on an airplane since it’s […]

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Tiger Woods to Divorce? Who Cares!

posted by David Klinghoffer

At last, I have something to say about Tiger Woods! And I have mathematician and bon vivant David Berlinski to thank. There’s been an unwritten law in force around the Internet the past few weeks that every blogger must register impassioned […]

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Joe Lieberman, Jew-in-Chief

posted by David Klinghoffer

There’s an absurd Internet debate going on among Jews seeking on the most ridiculous grounds to impugn Joe Lieberman’s Jewishness for standing athwart ObamaCare and yelling “Stop!” In the debate about health-care reform, they demand to know, why can’t he […]

Why Are Jews Liberals?

posted by David Klinghoffer

I review Norman Podhoretz provocative and engaging new book, Why Are Jews Liberals?, in the current issue of National Review. (By subscription only for the moment but you can read the review on the Discovery Institute website.) In a nutshell, my answer […]

The Madness of Robert Joe Halderman

posted by David Klinghoffer

There are any number of angles you could take on the sensational story of Robert Joe Halderman’s unsuccessful bid to extort $2 million from David Letterman. I was struck by Halderman’s astonishing madness, if he is guilty as charged, in thinking he […]

Irving Kristol, Darwin Doubter, RIP

posted by David Klinghoffer

If you’re ever given a choice between seeing one of two doctors about a health concern, with all else about them being apparently equal, you’d be well advised to choose the older one. Oh but won’t the young guy have […]

Against Imprisonment

posted by David Klinghoffer

I’ve often thought the controversy around capital punishment, with life imprisonment as the proposed alternative, has things backward. It’s not the former that should be controversial but the latter. The sickening Phillip Garrido/Jaycee Dugard story — of child kidnapping, imprisonment, […]

Jews Should Oppose Universal Health Care

posted by David Klinghoffer

In the always lively Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, Rabbi Elliot Dorff writes in a cover essay that “support for universal health care is an imperative in Jewish law.” Is it now? On health care reform, Rabbi Dorff has his […]

Obama Circumcised? How Dare the “Birthers” Ask!

posted by David Klinghoffer

Now those crazed “birthers” are demanding to know if President Obama is circumcised, by way of establishing his country of origin! Can you believe the chutzpah? The excellent Tablet web magazine points this out. What sane and decent American would […]

Obama, the Left & the Ten Commandments

posted by David Klinghoffer

Isn’t it funny how according to the stereotype, it’s us on the Right side of the political spectrum who are supposed to be the Bible-thumping pourers of fire and brimstone down upon the heads of our political opposites — yet […]

Robert Novak, RIP: When Jews Leave Judaism

posted by David Klinghoffer

The item in the bombastic journalist’s biography that sticks with me is conversion to Catholicism. The story illustrates a general rule I articulated in Why the Jews Rejected Jesus. While non-Jews who convert to Judaism often come from seriously religious […]

Who’s the Scariest Obama Pick of All?

posted by David Klinghoffer

Would that be Mary Robinson, who received a Presidential Medal of Freedom, or John Holdren, presidential science and technology advisor? On National Review’s The Corner, my friend Tevi Troy ably dissects Mary Robinson — “the Durban Queen, who was the […]

Don’t Believe Jeff Sharlet on “Fundamentalism”

posted by David Klinghoffer

Popular atheist blogger PZ Myers is all excited about a book by Jeff Sharlet, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. Turns out the paperback is doing incredibly well, No. 5 on Amazon, perhaps due to a […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

Religious Conversion as Fantasy Role Playing

posted by David Klinghoffer

A new video of American Al-Qaeda-nik Adam Gadahn, a/k/a Azzam the American, includes Gadahn’s admission that his grandfather was Jewish — “a Zionist and a zealous supporter of the usurper entity and a prominent member of a number of Zionist hate organizations. He used […]

Religion’s Dark Side, and Evolution’s

posted by David Klinghoffer

Over at Evolution News & Views, I reflect on the question of whether it’s “beyond the pale” to read, quote from, and reflect on the worldview implications of James von Brunn’s addled thoughts on evolution and eugenics. Excerpt (keep reading […]

What if James von Brunn Had Been an Intelligent Design Advocate?

posted by David Klinghoffer

For those who objected to my post yesterday quoting Holocaust Museum shooting suspect James von Brunn on the role of evolutionary doctrine, however distorted, in his rationale for racism, let me ask you a question. Try this thought experiment. If […]

How to Write Comedy for Comedy Central

posted by David Klinghoffer

Our first-grader, Ezra, recently boasted that his buddy Baruch taught him how to be “sarcastic.” The secret? You say the opposite of what you really think, drawing it out in a slightly lower pitched voice, while rolling your eyes up […]

James von Brunn, Evolutionist

posted by David Klinghoffer

Now isn’t this fascinating. James von Brunn, the white-supremacist suspect in today’s Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting in which the guard who was shot has now tragically died, describes the relevance of evolution to his sick thinking. He’s obsessed with “genetics.” He […]

Holocaust Memorial Shooting: Don’t Hyperventilate

posted by David Klinghoffer

From early reports, an 88-year-old white supremacist opened fire with a shotgun at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., seriously wounding a security guard and sustaining fire in return before being apprehended, also seriously wounded. There are all […]

Why is Holocaust Denial “Hateful”?

posted by David Klinghoffer

That’s the word President Obama used both in his Cairo speech and again at his Buchenwald concentration camp visit today: “To this day there are those who insist that the Holocaust never happened, a denial of fact and truth that is baseless and […]

Why Paleocons Hate Neocons

posted by David Klinghoffer

The purpose of this blog is to tease out the worldview of the Hebrew Bible, with implications for everything from politics to family life to the history of life’s development on earth. Much of liberalism can be explained as a […]

Childlessness and Liberalism

posted by David Klinghoffer

My post on childless Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor provoked some interesting misunderstandings among commenters. I argued that the experience of raising kids potentially confers traits you’d want in a judge, more so than merely being Hispanic and female. Remember […]

A Childless Supreme Court Justice?

posted by David Klinghoffer

A reader, Professor Joshua Berman at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University, writes to me with a brilliant insight about President Obama’s Supreme Court pick. Berman’s new book, by the way, is Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought: Obama is […]

Rush Limbaugh’s Kidneys

posted by David Klinghoffer

Were you puzzled at all, as I was, over “comedian” Wanda Sykes’s stand-up routine at the White House Correspondents dinner and her curious choice of a medical image in assailing Rush Limbaugh? As President Obama smiled fondly and guffawed behind […]

A Challenge to Religious Liberals

posted by David Klinghoffer

Over at the interesting website Beyond Teshuva, devoted to issues raised by Jews returning from secularism to Judaism, Kressel Housman comes “out of the closet” as…a liberal. As someone “raised on liberal values,” she reflects: I know liberalism is unpopular in frum […]

Poopooing Swine Flu

posted by David Klinghoffer

On Wednesday night, I’m listening to my 2nd-favorite radio talk show, Coast to Coast AM, and even host George Noory is poopooing the threat of swine flu? Then you know the apocalyptic peril has been hugely, hugely overblown.

Swine Flu — Testing the Power of Prayer

posted by David Klinghoffer

An outfit called the Presidential Prayer Team is praying that President Obama should effectively lead the fight to combat swine flu. Meanwhile, my father went into the hospital this morning for relatively minor surgery — though at his age, no surgery […]

Swine Flu Pandemic — a Shaken Leaf?

posted by David Klinghoffer

My mother-in-law is flying in from New York City on Thursday for a visit. We live in Seattle but the New York metro area has 28 confirmed swine-flu cases, Washington State so far none. I’ve actually found myself wondering if […]

Does the Torah Permit Torture?

posted by David Klinghoffer

Andrew Sullivan now seeks to invest his hyperventilating stance on torture with the dignity of a papal encyclical. He complains: “The point of torture is to violate the integrity of the human person and to coerce the will itself.” As I’ve […]

Fathers, Sons & Torture Memos

posted by David Klinghoffer

As I mentioned in my post on Christopher Buckley’s unkind portrait of his parents, Bill and Pat Buckley, great fathers have a way of producing sons who go off the track. Maybe they don’t give them enough attention. That’s not […]

Is President Obama Circumcised?

posted by David Klinghoffer

Sorry if the question sounds tactless, and no I don’t in fact want to know the answer. I ask, instead, to point out the well intentioned but nevertheless inappropriate gesture of the President’s hosting the first ever Seder at the […]

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