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Bernard Starr, Ph.D.is a psychologist, journalist and college professor. He is author of "Jesus Uncensored: Restoring the Authentic Jew," and is also organizer of the art exhibit, "Putting Judaism Back in the Picture:Toward Healing the Christian/Jewish Divide." Starr's op-ed commentaries for the Scripps Howard News Service have appeared in major newspapers throughout the United States. Currently, his articles are published at OpEd News and the Huffington Post. He has also written for Salon, Barons Financial Magazine and UPI's Religion and Spirituality section. His previous book, "Escape Your Own Prison: Why We Need Spirituality and Psychology to be Truly Free," published by Rowman and Littlefield, explores spirituality as a psychology of consciousness.
Starr is also professor emeritus at the City University of New York (Brooklyn College) where he taught developmental and educational psychoogy and directed a graduate gerontology program. He is founder, and for 25 years the managing editor, of the Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Springer Publishing Co.); also editor of the Springer Series, Adulthood and Aging and Lifestyles and Issues in Aging. For seven years he was writer, producer and host of an award winning radio commentary, The Longevity Report, on WEVD-AM Radio in NYC. He currently produces and hosts television documentaries on meaningful, active and productive living in the third age of life (Active Aging Stories) for Phoenix Rising Television Productions. From 2007-2010 he was president of the Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy. He is also the main United Nations representative for the Institute of Global Education that founded the Mucherla Global School in Mucherla, India.
Friday, July 11, 2014 Does Conspiracy Account for the Absence of Jesus' Jewish Identity in Renaissance Art? (1 comments)
Search Renaissance depictions of Jesus his family and disciples and you will not find even a trace of their Jewish identities and heritage. These omissions were far worse than a conspiracy. They reflected assumptions that were woven into the very fabric of Medieval and Renaissance society's marginalization and persecution of Jews. Pope Francis though is leding a new era of reconciliation of Christianity and Judaism
Saturday, June 28, 2014 Our Oceans Are Dying: Mobilizing an Indifferent Public to Confront This Crisis (12 comments)
Another devastating report about the destruction of our environment and planet. Despite warnings from a consensus of leading scientists that we are approaching the point of no return, the public remains indifferent while placing immediate personal concerns first. Rather than new studies and more bad news we need behavioral scientists to study and discover how to get the public to make saving the planet our number one priority
Thursday, June 19, 2014 Jewish Jesus in Renaissance Art and the Roots of Anti-Semitism (9 comments)
The announcement that the mother of the late Cardinal O'Connor was Jewish shocked many. Fact is that the mothers of all the founders of Christianity were Jewish. More surprising is that Renaissance artists in depicting Jesus and his followers erased their Jewish identities--a phenomenon that contributed to anti-Semitism over many centuries--and art historians continue to neglect to acknowledge these falsifications.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 Bill O'Reilly's 'Killing Jesus' Illustrates the Problem With the Gospels (15 comments)
Bill O'Reilly's Tea Party spin the on Gospels reminds us that others throughout history did the same, especially during per-printing press centuries when reproductions of the bible were done individually by scribes. Not only were there errors in these reproductions, but scribes may have altered the "words of God" to suit their own beliefs and ideologies--just as Bill O'Reilly has done in "Killing Jesus."
Saturday, April 12, 2014 Movie Review: The Railway Man Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman Will Take You on an Unforgettable Trip (1 comments)
Based on the true story of Eric Lomax, a British officer who, along with other prisoners of the Japanese during world war II, worked as a slave laborer forced to help build the "death railway" from Thailand to Burma. The unspeakable torture inflicted on Lomax has lasting and crippling effects after liberation. His eventual remarkable transcendence of his inner torment is an inspirational message about the path of redemption.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Jesus and Paul Chose to Die as Dedicated Jews--According to the New Testament (4 comments)
Both Jesus and Paul were charged with blasphemy against Judaism by the Sanhedrin,which only had authority over Jews.If Jesus and Paul had defected from Judaism and intended to start a new religion,as many maintain,why didn't they say that when they were facing execution? “Sanhedrin:I'm not a Jew any longer. I'm a Christian.You have no authority over me."But they didn't take that obvious defense Why? They were dedicated Jews.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 The Cut that Divided Jews and Christians--And the Mystery of the Missing Circumcision in Artworks (6 comments)
Why did Christianity celebrate Jesus’ circumcision when circumcision was a key issue that split Judaism and Christianity? Why do several paintings show Jesus about to be circumcised but none depicting Jesus actually circumcised? The reasons for these omissions, and the failure of art historians, curators, and critics to address the issue of falsification of biblical history in artworks are explored in this article
Friday, February 7, 2014 Tribute to the Beatles -- and Sid Bernstein (Not Ed Sullivan) Who Brought Them to America (11 comments)
The amazing story of how a homework assignment in a Journalism class in 1963("read a British newspaper")led to Sid Bernstein's chance discovery of the Beatles at a time when they were virtually unknown in the U.S.His risky booking of the Beatles to come to America the following year at first seemed a disaster-ticket sales limped along.But then the Beatles' popularity in Europe spilled over to the U.S.-and the rest is history.
Friday, January 17, 2014 Why Have Art Historians Been Silent About the Falsification of Biblical History in Artworks? (5 comments)
Art depictions of Jesus his family and disciples omit their Jewish origins and identities.These falsifications of biblical history have significantly contributed to the historic rift between Christianity and Judaism that is just recently in the process of reconciliation.A new art exhibit will offer renditions of classical Medieval and Renaissance artworks that restore the Jewish connection to tell two sides of the Jesus story.
Friday, December 13, 2013 Jewish Jesus, 'Christ Killers,' and the Hidden Code of Hatred (30 comments)
The charge that Jews were collectively responsible for the death of Jesus resurfaced recently in a Harvard University student newsletter. A careful examination of the Gospels' account of the crucifixion reveals that the persistence of this accusation charging the Jews is a code for hatred that has many historical roots that contributed to the alienation of Christianity and Judaism, including artworks.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 The Return of the Blood Libel: Can Art Stop the Hemorrhaging of Hate? (7 comments)
Along with the surge of the far right Jobbik party in Hungary,anti-Semitism is on the rise. A Parliamentary leader of the far right has resurrected a shameful blood libel charge against Jews that took place in a village in Hungary in 1882
Thursday, October 17, 2013 Jesus in Jewish Art: The Missing Pieces (17 comments)
Many Jewish artists have been drawn to producing artworks about Jesus and the crucifixion to express a common connection through the theme of suffering: Jesus on the cross and other Jews through persecutions, and particularly the Holocaust. An important exhibit of Jewish Jesus artworks at a 1942 exhibit in NYC (Puma Gallery) has slipped into oblivion.Hopefully, these artworks can be found and resurrected for public viewing.
Friday, October 4, 2013 "Love Your Neighbor as Yourself": Failing Grade for Religious America (3 comments)
Income inequality is widening,the rich are richer than ever, corporate cash is at an all time high, poverty is increasing, huger is on the rise, many working poor live in shelters, homelessness is rampant--and Congress passes a bill calling for deep cuts in the food stamp program.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 Jewish Jesus Visits the Jewish Museum (29 comments)
This exhibit, which focuses on Chagall's images of the crucifixion, reminds viewers of Jesus' Jewish origins and the common ground of suffering: Jesus on the cross and the suffering of Jews in persecutions, and especially during the Nazi era.
Friday, September 20, 2013 Art Contributed to the Christian-Jewish Divide, and Art Can Heal it (2 comments)
The process of Christianity separating from Judaism was a long and bumpy road Once a unified Church was established in the fourth century efforts at separation from Judaism accelerated on a number of fronts. Medieval and Renaissance art contributed to the process by totally Christianizing Jesus and his family while erasing their connection to Judaism. Today, reconciliation is underway and art can contribute to that effort.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 Rembrandt, Jews and Jesus: Putting Judaism Back in the Picture (9 comments)
Rembrandt's natural realistic religion neutral images of Jesus are not an antidote to Renaissance paintings that commonly pictured Jesus,his family and community as blond fair-skinned Northern Europeans residing in palatial settings surrounded by saints,church officials and Christian artifacts-and not hint of a Jewish connection.That's why I've invited artists to repaint classical artworks that put Judaism back in the picture.
Friday, August 9, 2013 Reza Aslan: Why Aren't You a Jew? (17 comments)
Born Muslim Reza Aslan embraced Christianity as a teenager. Later in studying Christianity in college he lost faith in the divinity of Jesus but continued to embrace him as a mortal--and called himself a disciple of the Jewish Jesus. His words beg the question: Why aren't you a Jew?
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 Will the Real Jesus Please Step Forward: Many Stories, Few Facts (18 comments)
The scant facts about Jesus and the gaping gaps in his biography have invited imaginative inventions. Nevertheless, narratives along with controversial alternative Gospels that have been uncovered have had little impact on the beliefs of Christians. The Church sanctioned twenty-seven books of the New Testament have had almost exclusive impact in shaping the views of Christians about Jesus, Christianity, Jews and Judaism.
Thursday, July 25, 2013 Will 'Schmekelgate' Stop the Rise of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer? (2 comments)
The history of infidelity and sexual indiscretions show that redemption and forgiveness often prevail, especially if followed by good deeds and control of the "restless penis syndrome." With the latest revelations, Anthony Weiner has violated the control factor making his fate uncertain.
Saturday, July 13, 2013 Taking the Jew Out of Jesus---and Putting It Back (23 comments)
Classical artworks picture Jesus, his family and followers as latter-day Christians. In erasing Jesus' Jewish identity these representations fostered anti-Semitism by feeding the belief that Jesus and Jews were of different ethnicities and religions. TO correct this falsification of biblical history this article proposes a contest and exhibit in which Jesus' Jewish identity would be restored.
Thursday, June 27, 2013 The Last Supper According to Judas in the Works by Famed Filmmaker Armondo Linus Acosta (5 comments)
A plethora of bible films have told the stories of religions' heroes and villains. But none have explored the inner worlds of Jesus' Apostles. Armondo Linus Acosta, in his latest film that is in development, "The Last Super According to Judas" will offer an in-depth study of the Apostles during a 24 hour period that changed the world.
Monday, June 24, 2013 'Christ Killers': The Hidden Agenda (2 comments)
In it's effort to launch a new religion, the Christian leadership created a false divide that historically drove Christians and Jews apart. By denying the Christian populace access to their Bible for many centuries Christians were unable to learn who Jesus really was: a dedicated practicing Jew. This understanding can foster reconciliation between the two faiths and a celebration of common ground.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 The Apostle Paul Lived and Died as a Dedicated Jew (24 comments)
While many scholars acknowledge that Jesus was a dedicated Jew till the end of his mortal life, it is widely believed that the Apostle Paul launched a new religion called Christianity. However, if Paul had simply stated to the Romans that he is not a Jew anymore but a leader of a new religion he would not have been arrested or executed. The evidence for this is right in "Acts of the Apostles"
Saturday, May 25, 2013 Surprising Secrets for a Long Life Revealed (6 comments)
Individuals who have achieved long lives often attribute their longevity to odd dietary habits that would probably not work for most of us. But there is one proven factor that trumps all others for longevity
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Why Christians Were Denied Access to Their Bible for 1,000 Years (3 comments)
Not only did the Church sequester the Latin Bible from the Christian populace for a thousand years, it forbid translating the New Testament into native languages. Robert Tyndale who defied the Church and translated the Bible into English was burned at the stake for his "heresy." Why would the Church distance the Christian populace from direct contact with their holy scriptures? This article proposes a surprising motive.
Thursday, May 9, 2013 Was Jesus Gay? Unlikely. Married? Maybe. Both? Possibly (11 comments)
There has been much speculation about Jesus' sexuality.Various commentators have suggested every possibility, including the most provocative speculation that he was Gay. But if he were gay it's likely that he would have covered it up given the hash taboo against homosexuality in the Old Testament.
Friday, May 3, 2013 Surprise: 'Jew in a Box' Is Not in a Box (7 comments)
The media slammed an exhibit at the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany by dubbing it with the offensive title, "Jew in a Box." The world press joined the assault without bothering to fact check.Now it turns out that the "box" isn't even a box.
Friday, April 26, 2013 To Experience Jesus, Visit a Synagogue (73 comments)
Jesus was a dedicated Jew who prayed, as Jews do today, with prayer shawl and tefillin (pylacteries).He regularly attended prayer services at a synagogue where he read from the Torah.A synagogue visit during prayer services offers an authentic Jesus experience: "That's what Jesus did every Sabbath."
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Art That's 'Too Jewish' (5 comments)
Two prominent artists in the 19th century painted realistic images of Jesus as a child that created public and critical uproars because the portraits, they charged, were "too Jewish." The fact that Jesus was Jewish didn't seem to count.
Monday, April 1, 2013 Jesus to Church Leaders: 'How Dare You in My Name'? (8 comments)
Christian leaders throughout history perpetrated violent acts totally antithetical to Jesus' teachings. In a mock trial Jesus confronts them to explain where in his teaching did they find justification for heinous acts.
Friday, March 22, 2013 Mayor Bloomberg Launches a Clandestine Passover Police Unit (2 comments)
In his campaign to enforce high nutritional standards for New Yorkers--and set an example for the rest of the country--Mayor Michael Bloomberg is targeting cholesterol, salt, and sugar overload at traditional Passover Seders. Even the brisket will be placed under suspicion.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 How Artists Invented the Christian Jesus (11 comments)
"The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci looks like a gathering of christian monks, not orthodox Jews together for a Passover celebration that Jesus instructed his disciples to prepare for.This is typical of Medieval and Renaissance paintings the convert Jesus and his falily and followers into latter-day Christians.
Thursday, March 7, 2013 The Ethnic Cleansing of Judaism in Medieval and Renaissance Art (4 comments)
Medieval and Renaissance art transformed dedicated Jews--Jesus, his family and followers--into latter-day Christians without a hint of their Jewish identities. In effect, these artworks vaporized any association between Jesus and Judaism. In doing so they established a powerful platform for anti-Semitism through the illusion that Jesus and Jews were of different ethnicity and different religions.
Thursday, February 21, 2013 God Killed Jesus: That's What the Gospels Say (31 comments)
For centuries Jews were persecuted for the crucifixion of Jesus with the charge: "Christ Killers". Yet the Gospels and other parts o the New Testament definitively tell us that God Killed Jesus as part of a divine plan. Accusing any other for the death of Jesus should be considered blasphemy against the very foundation of Christianity.
Saturday, January 19, 2013 Jesus 'Used to Be Jewish'? That's Not What the Gospels Say (24 comments)
Jesus lived and died a dedicated Jew. He had no intention of starting a new religion. Yet the belief persists that he was an apostate Jew who launched Christianity. A full appreciation of Jesus' Jewish identity could help heal the Jewish Christian divide.
Thursday, January 10, 2013 Are We on the Verge of an Interspiritual Age? (14 comments)
Kurt Johnson and Robert Ord believe that a transformation of conciousness is underway on the planet that will usher in an "Interspiritual Age"---despite rampant violence throughout the world and other destructive forces at work that are reported daily. They present some persuasive evidence to support their view.
Thursday, December 27, 2012 Legal Issues in Self-Publishing: What Authors Need to Know (4 comments)
As the publisher, self-published authors take on legal responsibility for their works. This article, a q and a with a leading intellectual rights attorney, addresses the key legal issues that authors should pay attention to
Monday, November 12, 2012 No Planet, No Jobs: The Suicide Bombing of Science (7 comments)
Climate change and global warming took a back seat in the presidential debates because politicians know that those issues are off the radar of the general public. While jobs, and other gut issues are the main concern of Americans, fact is that that catastrophic events related to climate change trump all other issues when nature speaks, as was the case with Hurricane Sandy.
Saturday, September 22, 2012 Jesus Married? Not Surprising For a Dedicated Jew (5 comments)
A newly discovered papyrus suggests that Jesus had a wife. Although it's authenticity is being examined there are other alternative gospels that have indicated that Jesus had a romantic relationship with Mary Magdalene and that they were possibly married.
Thursday, September 13, 2012 Must You Pay to Use Photos of Public Domain Artworks? No, Says a Legal Expert (10 comments)
Museums, other institutions and photographers charge fees for the use of their "salvish" mere reproduction photos of public domain artworks.In charging a licensing fee they are claiming or implying that they hold a copyright on the photos. Yet a landmark federal court ruling and comments for legal experts say that those photos are in the public domain and therefore you don't have to pay to use them.
Friday, August 24, 2012 The New Vanity Publishing: Traditional Publishing (1 comments)
The new world of self-publishing offers incredible opportunities for authors to publish their works when they want, earn thirty to eighty percent royalties, control all the rights to their books, and to market to targeted audiences over the internet.Sadly, many authors think that self-publishing is vanity publishing. It's not--and the vanity for authors who are not high profile is now in seeking a traditional publisher.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 Heigh Ho Cell Phone--The Ego Rides Again (1 comments)
Technology has vastly enriched our world. Tasks that previously took weeks, months,or even years can be accomplished in hours or days. At the same time, the addiction to technology poses a threat to spiritual development. With the pull to "out there" rather than "in here" the ego is in charge and the spiritual-self slips away. Restoring the primacy of the spiritual-self is is the challenge for serious spiritual seekers.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 George Stoney: A Life in Film (1 comments)
Famed documentary film maker George Stony died on July 12th at age 96. George was a towering figure in documentary film making over the past sixty-plus years. His focus on the downtrodden and oppressed in society was unique. George Stoney's inspiration will live on through the thousands of students he mentored at the New York University Film School. In this interview George revealed the many facets of his long productive life
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 If Only it Were 99 Percent, or Even 80 Percent, Versus the Rich (3 comments)
The super wealthy at the top of the wealth gap continue to accumulate riches while the bottom 99 percent, or more realistically, eighty percent, that have only fifteen percent of the national wealth continue to fall behind.Problem is that too many at the lower rung are asleep and not ready to fight for income equality. Unless they wake up little will change
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Brief Encounter With Mike Wallace, the Vineyard's Famous Renter (1 comments)
There's another side to Mike Wallace the hard hitting investigative journalist. In coming out about his depression he took down much of the stigma about mental illness that helped untold numbers seek professional help.
Saturday, April 7, 2012 Corporations Plan for Post-Middle-Class America (19 comments)
Corporate planning for the "hourglass" economy is confirmation that the middle class is no longer a significant segment of American Society--and is likely to fade even more. The hourglass strategy develops and markets products to the remaining largest consumer groups--the upper class elite and the bottom poor. At the same time, politicians ingenuously pretend to champion the middle class and fight for their interests.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 "Obama? I Wouldn't Vote For That Socialite." (2 comments)
Republican rhetoric swims in false statements. Truth seems to hold little sway in the debates--and the moderators timidly allow lies to stand. Fifth grade teachers would do better in running the debates and forcing the truth.See how.
Thursday, March 15, 2012 The New Jews of Cameroon (1 comments)
An African Pentecostal Christian group in a rural village in Cameroon, on the west coast of Africa, led by Serge Etele, converted to Judaism. With the assstance of Kulanu, a Jewish outreach organization in New York City, they are learning about Jewish practices.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Romney and Santorum Envision a Caste System for America (11 comments)
Despite their quest for working class and blue collar credentials both Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are out of touch with main stream Americans. Romney is not concerned with the poor and Santorum tells young people that its jut fine if they don't seek higher education. These views are a formula for promoting a permanent caste of the poor.
Monday, March 5, 2012 Yes, We Can Have Free College Education--Here's How (4 comments)
The outrageous cost of higher education and the crippling burden of student loans that are now approaching a trillion dollars are generating a frightening college dropout rate that will harm our economy well into the future. The answer to the crisis in higher education is free college. We had it during the great depression and we can have it now.
Saturday, December 31, 2011 Two Cultures, Two Genocides, One Story (11 comments)
David Gewirtzman and Jacqueline Murekatete were victims of holocausts that were fity years apart on two different continents. Yet their stories merge into one. Their powerful jolting joint presentations to audiences of all ages beings the horror of their genocidal experiences to life and cry out for an end to the gross inhumanities driven by hatred and intolerance.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Diego Rivera Occupies MOMA (2 comments)
Although Diego Rivera's Murals were created over eighty years ago they are seamlessly contemporary. They speak with equal power to the struggles of today's disenfranchised workers, the poor and oppressed peoples everywhere. Diego Rivera's murals resonate with OWS.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 Lights Out for Third World America? (12 comments)
The downward spiraling of America is evidenced as cities and municipalities face bankruptcy and cut basic services. Shortening of the school week and school hours in grade schools throughout the U.S. is the most chilling confirmation of decline. In short-changing and abandoning our children we are canceling our insurance policy for a robust future.
Friday, November 4, 2011 Not a Native American? You're an Immigrant (18 comments)
The 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty should remind us of what has made America unique and great:Immigrants. But we are in danger of abandoning that greatness as we forget that we are a nation of immigrants in a spreading nationwide assault on immigration and immigrants.
Friday, October 21, 2011 Where Are The Drugs On Wall Street? (4 comments)
Bashers are trying to discredit OWS with vicious distortions saying it's all about drugs. If you really want to know where there is an infestation of druggies, check out the Main Street of Wall Street.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 Politicians Beware: The Boomers Are Coming And They Wont Play Dead (4 comments)
With all the proposed cuts in federal and state programs and the giveaways to corporations,politicians and policy makers have failed to take note of the power of the 77 million baby boomers who will be most affected.If you think the Wall Street protest is something, see what happens when the boomers wake up and weigh in--"You Ain't Seen Nuttin Yet."
Thursday, September 1, 2011 Advocacy For the Young Is the Best Advocacy For Seniors (8 comments)
Senior advocacy organizations like AARP should place advocacy for younger generations at the top of their priorities---it is the economic well being of younger generations that will generate the tax revenues for maintaining senior
entitlements.The mantra of senior advocacy should be: Children First!