We all bring certain assumptions to the paradigm through which we view our Jewish experience.
Movie Review No Place on Earth (2012) PG-13 -reviewed by Arielle Rothbard Last Friday, on opening day for Janet Tobias’ No Place on Earth, I had several presuppositions upon entering the theater. I imagined that the film would be solely narrative, being that the events were over seventy years old. I expected the first showing […]
Is proselytizing (presenting the “good news”) bad for the Jews?The answer goes beyond agreeing on the meaning of words, concern for Jewish survival or coming to conclusions based on the misdeeds of some followers. It really depends on whether it’s true.
A close look at assimilation and what it means to be committed to Jewish survival.
The Vanishing American Jew by Alan M. Dershowitz (Boston: Little, Brown & Co.) 395 pp. $24.95 With a title as bleak as The Vanishing American Jew, one might expect this latest offering from famed Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz to be a dour exercise in whining and hand-wringing. But instead of sounding like a prophet […]
Will God fulfill his promise of sustaining the Jewish people? Several Jewish authors express concern about our survival.
Saving Remnants: Feeling Jewish in America by Sara Bershtel and Allen Graubard. The Free Press (a division of McMillan, Inc.) 1992 333 pp. Do the Jewish people in America today stand at the threshold of extinction? Harvard graduates, Sara Bershtel and Allen Graubard, tackle the assimilation paradox in their new book, Saving Remnants: Feeling Jewish […]
Chutzpah by Alan M. Dershowitz (Boston: Little, Brown and Co) 378 pp.,c. 1991 Civil liberties attorney, Alan Dershowitz comments on the state of the American Jewish community in his controversial book, Chutzpah: As we approach the close of the most cataclysmic century of Jewish history the time is ripe for a major reassessment of the […]
Another Holocaust? A new twist on the old, twisted final solution? We have barely been able to accept the enormity of the destruction of much of European Jewry. One third of all Jews living before mid-century are gone—one million of them children. Now we live in a world where far more destructive and deadly weapons […]
A world-class concert pianist was approached by an admirer after a stunning performance. I would give my life to play the way you played this evening,” declared the adoring fan. “I have given my life,” responded the virtuoso. Stop and think for a moment: why do we respect individuals who have achieved superexcellence? Certainly we […]
My hobby is photography. One of the photos I value highly is no prize-winning snapshot; I couldn’t exhibit it or sell it for publication. But I cherish it because it has special meaning for me. It was taken in the Egyptian room of the Museum of Natural History in New York. My daughter, Lyn, was […]
Do you think that Jewish believers should marry other Jewish believers? Is it a better story? The Bible says we should not be unequally yoked together in matters of faith and in this there is not room for an opinion. Other kinds of unequal yoking” which are not forbidden in the New Covenant can still […]
On occasion I have been told by some of my fellow Jews that my open profession of faith in Jesus of Nazareth as Israel’s Messiah marks me as a traitor to my people. Once I accompanied a friend who also believes in Jesus to the office of a prominent rabbi in our city. It was […]
One of the greatest desires of my parents was that I should know the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and love Him. From my earliest childhood, I remember my parents’ love for God and for His people, Israel. When I was very young they began to read to me the beautiful stories from the […]
I have heard a number of rabbis try to answer this question, each according to his own theory, but I have never heard anyone ask this question of one who can answer from experience. I am one of those children born to Jewish parents who believe that Jesus is the Messiah, and here is my […]