Entrance to the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.

Sure and Certain Hope

Walking with grandma through an exhibit about death.

From "Holy Rollers," courtesy of First Independent Pictures.

High Like a Hasid

Big hats, good money, ecstatic pills.

"Each war is different, each war is the same," by kevindooley, via Flickr.

Vive la Différence

Stephen Prothero on why all religions aren’t, deep down, all the same.

Moshe Rosen

In Jews-for-Jesus Heaven

Rabbi Bentzion Kravitz, the founder of Jews for Judaism, sounds forth on Moishe Rosen, the founder of Jews for Jesus, who died last week. Rabbi Kravitz, as my mother used to say, gives Rosen gut gesucht. He believed … that unless you believe in Jesus, you will burn in hell. This included the 6 million…

Photo by Todd Ryburn

After the Bus Wreck

In which a half-Jew slaps some sensibility into would-be converters by encouraging worst-case scenarios.

"'Western Wall' Jerusalem, Israel" by Minamie's Photo, via Flickr.

Next Year In Jerusalem?

It’s not my holy land.

"Adam and Eve - (almost anatomically correct!) bar tools set" by EraPhernalia Vintage (here . . . every now & then) via Flickr

Adam’s Family Jewels

Keep that Bible out of reach of children.

"Judah and the Prostitute," from The Brick Testament.

Bible Family Values—in Pictures!

Tibor Krausz’s article today, “Adam’s Family Jewels,” has gotten a good number of readers riled up. Bob R. of Grand Rapids wrote: Hello, I enjoyed your article.  I’m a Graduate of Wheaton College’s Ancient Languages program, a former fundamentalist, whose immersion in these stories caused him to relinquish any pretense to literalism, inerrancy, or even…

The December 19th "panty ride" pauses at a stoplight in Hasidic Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Hipsters, Hasidim, and My Bike Lane

A couple weeks ago I was riding my usual route from home in Clinton Hill to the Williamsburg Bridge when I saw that the ground had shifted beneath my bicycle gears. As I crossed Flushing along Bedford Avenue, into the heart of Hasidic Williamsburg, Brooklyn, my bike lane was gone. Only a faint, sandblasted remnant…

Killing the Buddha

Orrin Hatch Sings Hanukkah!

Aw, the Jews! God loved ’em and so do I! They’re so cute, they don’t even realize that God’s made a new and new new covenant with us! And look at all these nifty old-fashionedy things they got! These mezuzim and the Torah! It’s like they’re lost in time! And darn if they aren’t real…

sodomy promotion

NJ Man Disrupts Satan’s Plot

Jewish Taskforce: Get out there! I need more sodomy in the human population! Sodomy! You know: Oral, anal— stuff like that. Promote the hell out of it!  What? Damnit! One of those little fuckers is onto me!

Gay Marriage: A Threat to a Religious Society!

Right Now in New Jersey

How many men does it take to hold a sign so sheepishly?

By qleoca [be kind] via Flickr

Two Ghost Stories

Conversations with the dead, memories of life.


Fuel for Truth

Taking the fight against Islamist terrorism to a New York nightclub.


Elie Wiesel to Speak at Anti-Semitic Event

Activist Rachel Tabachnik writes: Tomorrow night (Sunday, Oct. 25) Elie Wiesel will be the keynote speaker at John Hagee’s Cornerstone Church for Christians United For Israel’s Night to Honor Israel. This is a devastating development which is difficult to comprehend. Wiesel has spent his life combatting racism and fighting for human rights. Bruce Wilson and…

"Job Rebuked by His Friends" by William Blake, 1805-6.

The Heretical Imperative

A new book probes the modern meaning of ancient heresy.

By JOE M500 via Flickr

There Is No Such Thing as Half

What comes out when a Mormon and a Jew raise a kid?

Killing the Buddha

Of Course There Are Half-Jewish People

In response to Joanna Brooks’ piece today, “There Is No Such Thing as Half,” we heard from Robin Margolis of The Half-Jewish Network. Robin writes: I gather that you are the parent of a child of intermarriage. But you don’t think there are half-Jewish people and are worried that your daughter might think of herself…