Tag: Judaism

In 1934, an American Professor Urged That Jews Be Civil — To the Nazis

On June 14, 1934, JTA’s Jewish Daily Bulletin reported on a speech by Henry Cadbury, a Bryn Mawr College professor who suggested that Jewish critics were “only increasing the severity” of Hitler’s policies. (American Friends Service Committee archives, JTA archives. Montage by Charles Dunst)

(JTA) — At the annual convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis in June 1934, the assembled religious leaders were confronted with questions that especially resonate…

David Brooks Has a Name for His Jewish and Christian Beliefs: ‘Religious Bisexuality’

 

David Brooks speaks onstage at the The New Yorker Festival 2014 on October 19, 2014, in New York City. (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The New Yorker)

(JTA) — David Brooks is usually included in the long list of Jewish columnists now populating The New York Times op-ed pages, who include Paul Krugman, Bret Stephens, Thomas Friedman, Michelle Goldberg, Bari Weiss, Roger Cohen and David Leonhardt.

Brooks himself has frequently surfaced his own Judaism in his writing, not…

Louis Farrakhan Attacks Jews and Judaism From His Chicago Pulpit

(JTA) — Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan attacked Jews and Judaism during a three-hour sermon from his pulpit at Mosque Maryam in Chicago.

The May 27 sermon was his first major public speaking appearance since February, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

During his sermon Farrakhan, a known anti-Semite, warned his listeners about “satanic Jews who have infected the whole world with poison and deceit.”

Farrakhan also claimed that contemporary Jews are responsible for promoting child molestation, misogyny, police brutality and sexual assault, among other social ills. In addition, he asserted that contemporary Judaism is nothing but a “system of…

Banned From Marrying Interfaith Couples, Conservative Rabbis Are Finding Other Ways to Celebrate Them

NEW YORK (JTA) — Emily Schorr Lesnick and Jamila Humphrie always knew that Judaism would play a part in the life they wanted to build together. But experiences with Conservative Jewish institutions had made the couple feel less than welcome.

Schorr Lesnick, 28, remembers encountering homophobia at her Jewish Conservative summer camp. Humphrie, 29, who was raised Christian but does not identify with a religion, felt singled out as a non-Jewish and biracial person when she accompanied Schorr…

Circumcision ban will prevent Jewish community life in Iceland, Scandinavian Jews warn

(JTA) — The leaders of the Jewish communities of four Nordic countries said that a bill proposing to ban nonmedical circumcision in Iceland “will guarantee” that no Jewish community is established there.

The presidents of the umbrella groups of Jewish communities in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland issued the unusual warning Tuesday in an open letter to all Icelandic lawmakers in reaction to the submission last month of a bill proposing to ban all nonmedical circumcision of boys younger than 18 in Iceland, a Scandinavian island nation of some 300,000 people with a few hundred Jews and Muslims.

Lawmakers from…