Jesus was not the first Christian; he was a faithful practicing Jewish person. According to one Catholic historian, forgetting this fact has severe consequences.
(RNS) "Anti-Semitism is not just a Jewish problem, and it certainly is not going to get solved without awakening the non-Jewish world to deal with it," said Rabbi Abraham Cooper.
(RNS) A new app helps college students act against anti-Semitism.
Brittany Maynard ends her life. ISIS fighters crucify a Syrian teen for taking photos. And Women of the Wall host a sneaky bat mitzvah in Jerusalem. This and more in this month’s recap.
SANIBEL, Fla. (RNS) Henry Ford "really has a very dark history as far as the Jewish community and Jews are concerned." Indeed.
Anti-Semitism continues to seep across Europe following the Israel-Hamas ceasefire. Motorcycle-riding Sikhs in Ontario must wear helmets, even though they don’t fit over their turbans. And Myanmar is asking foreign officials not use the word “Rohingya,” to which I say “ROHINGYA ROHINGYA ROHINGYA.”
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The rally comes against the backdrop of a worrying rise in European anti-Semitism and the release of a report by the Community Security Trust that monitors attacks on the Jewish community.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The Tricycle Theatre has invited the film festival back on the same terms as in previous years “with no restriction on funding from the Embassy of Israel in London.”
BERLIN (RNS) The Gaza conflict has sparked a wave of counter speech, with organizations debunking anti-Semitic myths and stereotypes on blogs, forums and social media.
(RNS) The theater’s board decided not to host the festival under its current sponsorship arrangement because of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
ROME (RNS) Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said he had ordered the imam, Raoudi Aldelbar, to be expelled "for seriously disturbing the peace, endangering national security and religious discrimination.”
Hobby Lobby ruling prompts calls for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to be scrapped. Mosul’s Christians are ordered to convert to Islam or face death. And Zimbabwe might ban circumcision because foreskins could be used in witchcraft, obviously.
PARIS (RNS) French authorities warn that extremist groups are trying to capitalize on public anger over Gaza, at a time of growing alarm over French youths joining conflicts in Iraq and Syria.
(RNS) As a young Jew, I can’t help but see expressions of evangelical philo-Semitism as an attempt to keep Jewishness in its New Testament box, and to continue the old fallacy of conflating the Jewish people (of Bible fame) with living Jewish people.
PARIS (RNS) The election of Rabbi Haim Korsia comes during a deeply troubled time for France's Jewish community, the largest in Europe.