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A huge menorah exhibition at the Israel Museum

Israel National News has a list of pictures from the Israel Museum of very old menorahs on special display for Hanuka.
by Tel-Chai Nation on Dec 20, 2016

Shas is still giving Orthodox Judaism a bad name by submitting an extreme bill for law

The socialist Haredi party wants to pass into law a bill that would land anybody who violates their reprehensible beliefs at the Western Wall into jail with a fine: The Shas party submitted a bill on Sunday that would make it illegal to hold pluralis...
by Tel-Chai Nation on Dec 12, 2016

How old is the Bible? We include Christianity, Judaism, Islam and other religious movements such as the Rastafari

Some of the collections of texts that make up the Bible are considered sacred by 54% of world population believe in the Abrahamic religions.We include Christianity, Judaism, Islam and other religious movements such as the Rastafari invoice. Of course...
by Potent Scientia Est on Oct 3, 2016

A rabbi who defends the burkini ban

A rabbi in France has ideally defended banning burkinis from French beaches: A senior Paris rabbi defended a string of controversial municipal bans in France on wearing the full-body swimsuit known as a burkini in public. Moshe Sebbag of the Grand...
by Tel-Chai Nation on Aug 28, 2016

Satmar don't want women to be educated

The Satmar have desecrated the Torah yet again: The leaders of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group – the Satmar sect – have just issued a decree from their base in New York. It calls for a ban on women entering university, with rabbis arguing that it...
by Tel-Chai Nation on Aug 26, 2016

Casablanca: 10 Things to See & Do like a Local

Casablanca, the cosmopolitan city, is the commercial and Industrial hub of Morocco.  In Arabic, this city is called Al-Dār al-Bayḍāʾ, or Dar al-Beïda, the white.  It is also the largest city in Morocco. Casablanca is also home to a major com...
by So Moroccan on Jul 26, 2016

Book Review: John J. Collins, The Apocalyptic Imagination. Third Edition

Collins, John J. The Apocalyptic Imagination. Third Edition. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2016. 456 pp. Pb; $38.   Link to Eerdmans Along with Collin’s Between Athens and Jerusalem, The Apocalyptic Imagination is a popular introduction to the l...
by Reading Acts on Jul 23, 2016

Book Review: John J. Collins, The Apocalyptic Imagination. Third Edition

Collins, John J. The Apocalyptic Imagination. Third Edition. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2016. 456 pp. Pb; $38.   Link to Eerdmans Along with Collin’s Between Athens and Jerusalem, The Apocalyptic Imagination is a popular introduction to the l...
by Reading Acts on Jul 23, 2016

Haredi-dominated rabbinical court shuns conversions by rabbi Lookstein

Here's another example of how the Haredi-controlled rabbinical court's demonstrating contempt for a non-Haredi rabbi's conversions: In a hugely controversial step, the Supreme Rabbinical Court asked a female convert of prominent US Jewish leader Rab...
by Tel-Chai Nation on Jul 15, 2016

Thanks to the Haredis' hostility to Reform/Conservatives, they're going to sue

Because the Haredis hell-bent on dominating the Western Wall vehemently refuse to be flexible and accepting, the Reforms and Conservatives are now going to sue in court: Non-Orthodox Jewish organizations in Israel plan to soon sue the Israeli govern...
by Tel-Chai Nation on Jul 14, 2016

Holy Girdles

Religions, it seems, come in belts. Or at least elements of religions do. Although we may not all agree on what constitutes the “Bible Belt” we all have a pretty good idea that it includes several southern states, and parts … Continue readi...

Chief rabbinate instructed not to force mikveh attendants to harass immersers

A positive victory for religious harmony was achieved: Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit on Wednesday told the High Court of Justice that the state has ordered authorities managing mikvaot ritual baths to allow women to immerse without being force...
by Tel-Chai Nation on Jun 23, 2016

They're still setting an offensive example

This past week, Haredi crackpots continued to give a bad image to their community as a whole, and simultaneously give Reforms all the attention they clearly want them to get: Dozens of ultra-Orthodox worshippers clashed with some 300 Conservative an...
by Tel-Chai Nation on Jun 21, 2016

Jewish Law Prohibits Castration of any Male Animal (or Human)

Ben Zoma was asked: 'Is it permitted to castrate a Dog?' He replied: "'Neither shall you do this in  your land', - this means, to no one (including a Dog) that is in your land shall you do this to."- Babylonian Talmud, Chagigah 14b Lucky Dog!
by The Judeo-Christian Tradition on Jun 19, 2016

Shlomo Sand's "The Invention of the Jewish People"

Raymond DeaneThe Electronic IntifadaIn 1967 the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish published his poem "A Soldier Dreaming of White Lilies," only to be accused of "collaboration with the Zionist enemy" for his sympathetic depiction of an Israeli sold...
by INFRAKSHUN on Jun 16, 2016

Don’t Call THE RED TENT Christian Fiction

The problems with reclassifying THE RED TENT and other Jewish fiction as "Christian fiction."...
by Book Riot on Jun 9, 2016

Freezes Over

A good metaphor gone bad can do a lot of damage. Like a loose cannon. Hell is a bad neighborhood for metaphors. Taken literally Hell can be hell. So it is that many evangelical Christians are abandoning the concept. Jumping … Continue reading &...

Justice, Politics, and the Risks of Religious Rhetoric

For various personal and ideological reasons, I have avoiding signing on to rabbinic positions or statements for several years. I recently made an exception to join over 150 Jewish leaders in signing a petition supporting the Child Victims Act (CVA)...
by YUTOPIA on May 12, 2016

Top UN official refuses to attend Netanyahu’s seminar on Jewish history

Palestinian Information CenterOCCUPIED JERUSALEM – UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nickolay Mladenov has declined an invitation from Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu to attend a seminar on the Jewish connection to the...
by INFRAKSHUN on May 9, 2016

Comic Culture

Perhaps the most obvious deviancy in my otherwise conservative childhood was MAD Magazine. I honestly suspect my parents didn’t know that it wasn’t just another comic book. I read it—like I read everything—religiously, and I was fluent enough...


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