When you retell a story in which the role of the Jews is central and give it the most offensive, pre-Vatican II treatment possible, you can hardly claim, "I didn't mean it."
Perhaps our best response to this Hollywood missionary effort is to look inward and take pride in the beauty of our own faith.
His latest lethal weapon? Mel's film promises spiritual inspiration but instead evokes the kind of rage that for centuries past resulted in ruthless acts of retribution.
Gas chambers. Poisoned food. Torture. Families murdered en masse. How much more do we need to know about North Korea's crimes before we act to stop them?
In the Netherlands emotional pain is sufficient legal justification to assist in one's suicide. What is happening to the immeasurable value in human life?
The Jews always honored their heroes, biblical or otherwise, without forgetting that they were human beings and subject to mistakes and failures.
The present has become an elaborate excuse to take a picture for the future.
Practical ideas on how to help those who have suffered loss.
Jawad Amir Sayyid's story makes a powerful symbolic counterpoint to Saddam Hussein's capture.
"How are you?" "I'll give you a call!" and other words we use to create the illusion of caring.
Pulled between responsibilities towards one's children and one's aging parents, "the sandwich generation" have their own unique dilemmas.
When it comes to finding the negative qualities in others, our imagination becomes a veritable fountain of ideas. But finding the good in others takes so much thought and effort.
If having possessions means living in fear and loss, we are not richer for them.
A rescue worker looks back to that fateful day.
Although domestic abuse is totally abhorrent to Judaism, the Jewish community is not completely immune to it.
I have decided to go without television for an entire week. And believe me, this is a big deal.
Where's the beef? Examining the pros and cons.
The concept of "bar mitzvah" has drifted incredibly far from its true meaning in these materialistic times.
Pollard's life sentence is based on a humongous Washington whopper of a lie.
The civilized world would be better off were the United Nations in its present form to disappear.
The opposite of Universalism is community, not sectarianism.
Will the civilized world disarm the barbarians who could cause the ultimate destruction?
A former athlete insists that the most wonderful thing that ever happened to him was the swimming accident that left him a quadriplegic.
The choice of one of the world's most repressive tyrannies to head the UN's main human rights body was a textbook illustration of the way the UN works.
What they don't want you to know about television and videos.
Each word and action is brimming with power. The trick is aiming in the right direction.
The ethicist of the NY Times gets it wrong.
A smug little group of Norwegian politicians continues to show disturbingly bad judgment in choosing the Nobel Peace Prize recipients.
Only when "war on terrorism" becomes "war on militant Islam" can the war actually be won.
In the war against terror, our moral clarity is as indispensable as our Special Forces and our F-16s. Let us resolve not to lose it.
September 11th and the danger of moral relativism.
The ruling barring "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance shares a similar hubris that contributed to the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.
After September 11th, I decided to become an American citizen. Here's why.
Revisiting a painful and, alas, timely issue: Should people watch the gruesome video of Daniel Pearl's brutal murder?
This year's report on "Patterns of Global Terrorism" veers into unreliability and even falsehood. It's a dangerous document likely to harm the war on terrorism.
Why does such vile enmity wrack Europe, while America not only remains free of it but persists in standing by Israel in the present clash with the Palestinians?
It's not the deprivation of rights; it's totalitarianism.
Palestinian gunmen occupy the Church of the Nativity, as Israeli troops keep watch outside. Who's crossed the line?
During the Holocaust, the world watched silently. Will things be any different this time?
If the quality of integrity is absent in the person, how can it be present in his or her ideas?
The form of tolerance that pretends there is no such thing as evil is itself wrong.
Trying to eliminate pain and poverty is a daunting task. Do we stand a chance?