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Apple’s “Jew or Not Jew” App — Should It Be Legal?
An Apple application that let users guess which French politicians or celebrities are Jewish was pulled from France’s App Store. but its American equivalent is still available. French activist groups said the “Jew or Not Jew?” app violated bans on compiling information on people’s religion and revealing that religion without their consent, according to United Press…
Is God A Christian?
R. Kirby Godsey’s new book, Is God A Christian?, challenges what the author describes as the commonly held belief among many religious people that the God in whom they believe is “one of them”. People, Mr. Kirby observes, too often confuse God’s religious identity with their own, leading them to believe that God in exclusively…
Remembering 9/11 – Part One
The tenth anniversary of 9/11 brings up many emotions and presents some very real challenges, among them how to remember the past without being imprisoned by it. This video, filmed at St. Paul’s, the church closest to the World Trade Center site, is a wonderful example of rising to that challenge. Watch it and see for yourself. Over…
Gilad Shalit, Still A Prisoner After 1,900 Days
Below is a copy of the Statement I got from the White House, and while I appreciate the words, I can’t help but also ask, “Is this the best we can do?” United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy 799 United Nations Plaza New York, NY 10017 (212) 415-4050…
Is Realty TV Really Kosher? The Ethics Of Realty TV
I know, at first it seems that ethics and reality TV are about as connected as fire and water – one being the antidote for the other. But perhaps it’s not as simple as that, a conclusion supported by the recent spate of articles arguing that reality TV producers need to create, and commit, to…
Hard Core Atheist Secularists and Their Religious Counterparts Become Increasingly Alike
Secularists, atheists really, are following other ethnic and religious identity groups in using academia to create and/or shore up a particular cultural identity. For example, noted atheist secularist, and editor of the Humanistic Bible, A. C. Grayling is opening a “secular university” this year. Jews, African-Americans and Hispanics have all used academic studies for just…
An ugly fight over what prayers can be said, and by whom, at Houston’s national cemetery, is getting uglier. Plaintiffs are now suing the Department of Veterans’ Affairs over what they call “banning God at military funerals” and for making “Jesus unwelcome at gravesides” of fallen veterans. That simply isn’t true. And while as VA…
Elul: I Am My Beloved’s and My Beloved Is Mine
Today is the first day of the Hebrew month of Elul. Not only is this a month known to crossword puzzle fans, it is also the month which precedes Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year’s. Traditionally, the beginning of Elul marks the start of people’s spiritual preparation for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Day of…
How Rabbis Dress, Then and Now
The classic image of an Orthodox rabbi is of a man with a long beard and black clothes. To be sure, that image is common enough, but certainly not the only one. Speaking personally, while I do have a beard, it’s not so long, and I don’t wear a black suit, or at least not…
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