Cross-Currents Blog

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There They Go, Again

The New York Times has been known incorrectly as a Jewish newspaper for over a century. Even when its publishers were Jewish — and the present-day Sulzberger is a practicing Christian, son of a...

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A Different Tune

After four years of the intifada, many of us continue to get hood-winked by the media, myself included. I am one of those who does not refuse to acknowledge that our side is capable...

Who Ya Gonna Believe?

If celebrity endorsements count for anything, Chanuka is in good shape this year. After decades of listening to non-Orthodox rabbis voice their doubts about the miracle of the oil (after all, why should it...

Blackstone, Meet Maimonides

A colleague at Loyola Law School, who happens to be the President of the Board of the Southern California ACLU, was surprised when I told him that Jewish Law had Blackstone beat by hundreds...

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Let’s Celebrate Chanukah

In his much admired new book commemorating 350 years of Jewish life in America, Jonathan Sarna displays a 1879 poster announcing the “Great Revival” of the “Jewish National Holiday of Chanucka.” In the accompanying...

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Couldn’t have said it better…

The Jerusalem Post has Prime Minister Sharon admitting, “Budget cuts in the haredi sector have been unreasonable.” Of course, he’s saying that because he wants UTJ to join the coalition. What’s remarkable is that...

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Why We Need This Blog

Last night, someone shared with me a recent episode of Law & Order. I don’t think this episode would have aired while Stephen Hill, one of the entertainment world’s more famous baalei teshuva, was...

Elections, PA Style?

The folks at PowerLine claim that the following image is from an election rally in the PA. I haven’t seen this elsewhere, but the problem is that this is entirely too believable. As PowerLine’s...

Skeptical About Skeptics

In a column in Scientific American (Nov., pg. 34) appropriately enough called “Skeptic,” Michael Shermer (publisher of a journal that bears that name) tells us what is wrong with the recent spate of scientific...

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