Aug. 14 Religion Digest

Author scheduled to speak monthly Jewish studies author Sam Peak will be speaking in Clovis once a month for the next year. Peak will speak at 6 p.m. at the Best Western Clovis Inn every third Monday. In September, Peak will speak on the second Monday of the month. Information: 309-6293

Passover gives everyone reason to celebrate

Freedom Newspapers “Why is this night different from all other nights?” Thus began the ritual of questions during the Seder meal with which observant Jews start the celebration of Passover, or Pesach, which commemorates the deliverance of the Israelite slaves from bondage in Egypt. The youngest child at the table is expected to answer the […]

Judaism, with a twist

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Rabbi A. D. De La O talks with Shelly Johnson of Clovis before services at B’nei Yisrael Messianic Synagogue. The Synagogue holds services on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The Wednesday service is the smallest. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Once an indoor roller skating rink at the corner of 10th […]

Hate crime definitions reek of double standards

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that two men are being sought in connection with an arson at a Minneapolis mosque — a crime that has attracted the attention of the FBI as a potential bias crime. Liberal City Council Member Gary Schiff arrived at the scene to pronounce: “There’s no […]

Hollywood weighs in on Mel Gibson

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Someone suggested to me the morning after Mel Gibson’s thunderclap that his career was over. Ha! Far from it. This is the start of a whole new gig. If Gibson had used the N word, or defamed feminists, or praised George W. Bush, he might be in serious trouble. Those […]

Hanukkah time to renew vigilance, protect freedom

Freedom Newspapers Hanukkah is sometimes called the “Jewish Christmas” because it occurs at the same time of the year. And this year, as it happens, it actually began on the same day. Hanukkah, however, has its own origins and meaning, and begins with the triumph of the Maccabee guerrilla fighters, around 165 BCE, against the […]

Crusader gone; memory of Nazi atrocities remain

Editorial H e was controversial, and he was not always right. Sometimes he displayed an ego as large as the cause he took on. However, Simon Wiesenthal, who died Tuesday in Vienna at the age of 96, probably did more to prevent people from forgetting the Holocaust perpetrated on European Jewry by the Nazi regime […]

Organizers hope show will bring Christians and Jews together

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Corrie ten Boom had unfaltering faith. Her father Casper died in a Nazi prison. Her sister Betsie died in the Ravensbruck Nazi work camp. And her nephew Christiaan never returned from the Burgen Belson Nazi camp. Her brother William, a leader in the Dutch underground, contracted spinal tuberculosis in […]

Jews should support Republican ticket

Freedom Newspapers If it’s an election year, it must be time for my quadrennial column urging Jews to vote Republican. Though I feel a bit like Sisyphus, I’ll try not to be a sourpuss. Here are some of the questions I usually get on this subject: Everyone knows that Republicans tend to be rich, snobbish […]

Readers say prison abuse is appalling

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for observations related to recent events in Iraq. Some responses: “I don’t agree with the treatment of the prisoners. And they didn’t behead the man for revenge; those people would have found a reason to do it no matter what. A lot of people do […]