Eric J. Greenberg


Troubles Mount for Effort To Rescue Temple Artifacts

By Eric J. Greenberg

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 inRead More


A Few Sour Notes Emerge Amid Cheers For New Pope

By Eric J. Greenberg

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 BavariaRead More


Extremists Set To Mark Milestones

By Eric J. Greenberg

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 1993Read More


Roman Rabbi Mentioned in Pope’s Will

By Eric J. Greenberg

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 JohnRead More


Interfaith Leaders Ponder Future of Jewish-Catholic Ties

By Eric J. Greenberg

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 AmericanRead More






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  • "Israel should not let captives languish or corpses rot. It should do everything in its power to recover people and bodies. Jewish law places a premium on pidyon shvuyim, “the redemption of captives,” and proper burial. But not when the price will lead to more death and more kidnappings." Do you agree?
  • Slate.com's Allison Benedikt wrote that Taglit-Birthright Israel is partly to blame for the death of American IDF volunteer Max Steinberg. This is why she's wrong:
  • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
  • The sign reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Zionists are not under any circumstances.”
  • Is Twitter Israel's new worst enemy?
  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
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  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
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