Eric J. Greenberg

Troubles Mount for Effort To Rescue Temple Artifacts

Israeli archaeologists are threatening to pull the plug on a historic effort to rescue invaluable artifacts from Judaism’s ancient First and Second Temples because the project has run out of money.Organizers and supporters of the rescue project are blaming the Israeli government for failing to fund the initiative, which marks the first time in

A Few Sour Notes Emerge Amid Cheers For New Pope

After the death of Pope John Paul II, many interfaith experts lamented that there would never again be a pontiff forged by a personal confrontation with the Holocaust.They were dead wrong.In tapping Joseph Ratzinger to be the 265th pope since the advent of Christianity two millennia ago, his 115 fellow cardinals selected a German raised in Bavaria

Roman Rabbi Mentioned in Pope’s Will

In a surprise twist being described as a message from beyond the grave, Pope John Paul II mentioned the “rabbi of Rome” in his will — one of only two living people to be singled out.Elio Toaff, the former chief rabbi of Rome referred to in the will, said his inclusion should be taken as a signal to future popes to continue John

Extremists Set To Mark Milestones

American extremist groups are preparing to celebrate a series of notorious anniversaries next week, prompting concerns about increased efforts to recruit a new generation into the numerous white supremacist and anti-government organizations operating across the country.The planned celebrations center on two dates: April 19, the day in 1993

Interfaith Leaders Ponder Future of Jewish-Catholic Ties

With the passing of Pope John Paul II, Jewish and Catholic interfaith leaders are voicing concern that future pontiffs could fail to carry on his groundbreaking efforts to deepen relations with the Jewish people.“We know [John Paul’s] teachings while he was alive,” said Rabbi James Rudin, senior interreligious adviser at the American

Hoax Shines Light on JTS Policy on Gays

An anonymous Jewish women’s group threw a monkey wrench into a Jewish Theological Seminary celebration Tuesday when it issued a fake press release announcing that the Conservative movement was set to unveil a historic plan to ordain gay and lesbian rabbis.The group, Jewish Women Watching, has claimed credit for the bogus press release, which

Feminists Criticized Over Silence

Posted on the Web site of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance is a prayer composed by Rabbi Mordecai Tendler on behalf of agunot — Jewish women who are unable to obtain a religious divorce decree from their husbands.Tendler’s touching supplication, asking God to “deliver all the agunot from the bonds of their plight,” aptly

Evangelical Children’s Novels Push Conversion of ‘Spiritually Empty’ Jews

They are among the most popular children’s books on the market today, inspired by the evangelical Christian “Left Behind” book series, which features gory depictions of the annihilation of Jews and other nonbelievers at Armageddon.“Left Behind: The Kids,” an ongoing series aimed at evangelical Christian children ages 10 to 14, revolves

Less Gory ‘Passion’ Still Raises Hackles

In an effort to make his bloody blockbuster about the death of Jesus more palatable, Oscar-winning director Mel Gibson has edited about six minutes of violent footage from his 2004 hit, “The Passion of the Christ.”The film, which some scholarly critics say ahistorically blames Jews for Jesus’ death while promoting ancient anti-Jewish

Evangelical Children’s Novels Push Conversion of ‘Spiritually Empty’ Jews

They are among the most popular children’s books on the market today, inspired by the evangelical Christian “Left Behind” book series, which features gory depictions of the annihilation of Jews and other nonbelievers at Armageddon.“Left Behind: The Kids,” an ongoing series aimed at evangelical Christian children ages 10 to 14, revolves