July 5, 2013

Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Rabbi

Marc Saperstein, Huffington Post

July 4, 1863 was a Saturday, and Rabbi Sabato Morais, a Sephardi immigrant from Italy serving as religious leader of Philadelphia's Mikveh Israel Congregation, delivered his Sabbath morning sermon. His sermon contains a phrase that might well have influenced the most celebrated speech in American history.

This particular Sabbath 150 years ago was unusual for several reasons. It was the American Independence Day, an occasion for celebration. However, in the Jewish calendar, it was also the 17th Day of Tammuz, a traditional day of mourning, commemorating the Roman breaching of the walls of Jerusalem in 70 CE, beginning a three-week period of solemnity that culminates with the 9th of Av, when the Temple was destroyed. This contrast in moods between the American and the ...

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October 19, 2013
What Irving Kristol Taught Me About Evangelicals
Wil McClay, Mosaic
Several years ago, I gave a lecture at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on the subject of religion and secularism. Afterward, the discussion continued at a relaxed and intimate dinner for selected guests—an occasion... more ››
October 21, 2013
What Do You Know About American Jews?
Dain Fitzgerald, Politix
Jewish Americans are one of America's most long-standing religious minorities. Test your knowledge of the facts and figures surrounding this community. more ››
October 22, 2013
A Victim of the Oy Vey Brigade
J.J. Goldberg, Jewish Daily Forward
Some years back I wrote about my Uncle Morty, who left Long Island for Manhattan one day in 1959 and never returned. They found his Chevy alongside Grand Central Parkway, but no Morty. The loss was devastating.I was recalling... more ››
October 24, 2013
Brainwashing Young Jews?
Michael Schulson, Rel. & Politics
On my first visit to Jerusalem, in the summer of 2011, I asked an ultra-Orthodox Jew for directions to the nearest ritual bath. The man shrugged and nodded his black-hatted head toward a pack of college-aged students. “Ask... more ››
October 16, 2013
We're Right About Jewish Decline
Cooperman & Smith, Jewish Forward
The Pew Research Center’s recent independent survey of Jewish America is the most comprehensive national poll of the U.S. Jewish population in more than a decade, and we are pleased that it has captured the interest of... more ››