Ah, only in New York…

Yes, evidently they really do have things like this:  If Jewish food were to have a signature scent, it would be the smell of Katz’s deli — at least for me. The aroma of corned beef brined in spices, pastrami dripping with fat, fried potato knishes and freshly sliced rye assaults the senses the second [Read More...]

Pope Francis to Jews: “Shalom!”

He spoke to members of the American Jewish Committee today. The text:  Dear friends, I welcome you here today. Your organization, which on various occasions has met with my venerable Predecessors, maintains good relations with the Holy See and with many representatives of the Catholic world. I am very grateful to you for the distinguished [Read More...]

A rabbi on Pope Francis: “All of us who do religious work can learn from his example”

From Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie:  The Pope is not just a leader; he is a religious leader who, precisely because of his religious vitality, has succeeded in touching human hearts. The Pope Francis phenomenon is a reminder, yet again, that spirituality and not secularity is the driving force of modern life; it is his spiritual [Read More...]

Is this Christmas billboard un-Christian?

A Jewish friend posted this on Facebook, and I think the author—who is Jewish—has a good point. Details:  While recently driving through one of those long rural stretches that blur the lines between Midwest and South, I saw a large billboard that said in cheery letters: “Happy Holidays!” But the billboard featured an angry red [Read More...]

SSPX disrupts interfaith service at Buenos Aires cathedral

From the AP:  Ultra-traditionalist Catholics have openly challenged Pope Francis by disrupting one of his favorite events, a ceremony that he and Jewish leaders led in the Metropolitan Cathedral each year to promote religious harmony on the anniversary of the beginning of the Holocaust. The annual ceremony brings together Catholics, Jews and Protestants to mark [Read More...]

Must-see video: “My parents brainwashed me”

And he’s eternally grateful. Check out this sensational performance from a Bronx Poetry Slam held earlier this year. This kid gets it. And so do his parents. [Read more...]

Pope Francis: “The problem of intolerance must be faced in its entirety”

From VIS:  This morning Pope Francis received a delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, an international Jewish organisation for the defence of human rights, and praised its work in fighting “every form of racism, intolerance and anti-Semitism, preserving the memory of the Shoah and promoting mutual understanding through education and social action”. The encounter with [Read More...]

“In some ways, Francis is the most ‘Jewish’ Pope we have ever encountered”

Some fascinating Jewish analysis of Pope Francis, via The Jewish Daily Forward:  It is not as if the Pope is changing Roman Catholic doctrine on such matters. It simply means that the Church is going to attempt to re-calibrate itself, and to find a sense of balance, moving away from positions that have only succeeded [Read More...]

Poll: rise in American Jews who are not religious, marrying outside the faith

They’re sounding a lot like some American Catholics, actually. From the New York Times:  The first major survey of American Jews in more than 10 years finds a significant rise in those who are not religious, marry outside the faith and are not raising their children Jewish — resulting in rapid assimilation that is sweeping [Read More...]

Deacon and wife to be honored by ADL

Here’s a nice piece of deacon news out of Connecticut: The Anti-Defamation League will honor Deacon Arthur and Sandra Miller and two others at the 2013 Greater Hartford Torch of Liberty Award Reception and Centennial Gala, set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in West Hartford. Deacon Miller is director of the archdiocesan Office [Read More...]