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Bernard Starr, PhD, is a psychologist and Professor Emeritus at CUNY (Brooklyn College). His latest book is "Jesus, Jews, And Anti-Semitism In Art:How Renaissance Art Erased Jesus' Jewish Identity & How Today's Artists Are Restoring It."
Heis also a past president of the Brooklyn Psychological Association and the Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy. Starr is founder and editor of a number of publications in the field of aging:The Springer Publishing Company Series on Adulthood and Aging, the Springer Series on Lifestyles and Issues in Aging, and the cutting edge Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics. For seven years he was writer, producer and host of an award winning radio commentary, The Longevity Report, on WEVD-AM Radio in NYC. During the same period-- for three years--he wrote op-ed articles for the Scripps Howard News Service on healthcare, the "boomers," and issues of an aging society. 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
He is also author of "Jesus Uncensored: Restoring the Authentic Jew," and is organizer of the art exhibit "Putting Judaism Back in the Picture: Toward Healing the Christian/Jewish Divide
Currently, his articles are published at OpEdNews and the Huffington Post contributor platform. He has also written for Salon, Barons Financial Magazine, the Algemeiner, and UPI's Religion and Spirituality section. His earlier 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.
The Ma and Pa 'Business Empire' of Donald Trump
Donald Trump brought to the White House the Ma and Pa model that runs his business enterprises.The application of this model for conducting the government of the United States explains much of the chaos and failures of Donald Trump's administration.
Church or Synagogue: Which Would Jesus Choose?
When confronted with two adjoining buildings, a church and a synagogue, which one would Jesus be drawn to enter? That's the intriguing question posed by artist Israel Tsvagenbaum's painting, "Crossroads." After reflection on the interiors of these buildings in the context of Jesus' identity, the answer is obvious
The New Democratic Party Strategy: 'Dumb and Dumber'
Democrats have demonstrated that they don't know how to fight and are unable to learn. The campaign mantra of "when they go low we go high" cost Democrats the election. And they are doing it again in seeking a mythical high ground by persuading Al Franken to resign. What Democrats are adept at is playing into the con man's play book.
Sunday, December 3, 2017(1 comments)
Alice of 'Alice's Restaurant' Is Back in Town
The 50th anniversary celebration of Arlo GUthrie's song "Alice's Restaurant Massacree", which inspired the film "Alice's Restaurant, dramatizes the explosive era of the 1960's. In a 2017 interview with ALice Brock, she reminiscesd and drew comparaisons between "then" and "now"
Wednesday, November 22, 2017(7 comments)
Thomas Jefferson: Christian or Jew?
Jefferson's edited version of the Gospels in the New Testament gives the answer to the question: Christian or Jew? The sections that he eliminated are the very ones that set Christianity apart from Judaism, according to a consensus of leading biblical scholars.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017(3 comments)
Is the Trump Dossier About to Grow With New Expose?
Guardian journalist Luke Harding promises new explosive additions to the "Trump Dossier" in his new book that will be released on November 16th: "Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win"
Can General Kelly Do the Impossible: Change Donald Trump?
Under the best of circumstances radical behavior and personally change is rare; even rarer late in life--and virtually impossible when there is no interest in change. And why would Trump seek change when he believes he knows more than everyone. How will a general reign him in when Trump knows more than the generals. Trump will continue to be Trump.
Sunday, July 30, 2017(7 comments)
The Fake Society That Gave Us a Fake President
Donald Trump's election victory was no accident, nor was it primarily engineered by him and his team. He is the beneficiary of a fake society that has been germinating for decades and has now burst into full bloom.
How will History Remember Donald Trump and His Sycophants?
Donald Trump and his sycophants will not be present to spin or rationalize their lies and hypocrisies when their words and actions appear in history books and other texts--and will have to stand on their own. They will not stand well and history will not be kind to Trump and company. The unprecedented magnitude of lies and hypocrisy is likely to cast them as the quintessential buffoons of history.
Identity Purge: The Search for the Jew in Jesus in Renaissance Art
Throughout the vast archives of Medieval and Renaissance paintings and other artworks picturing Jesus, there is no visual evidence that Jesus was Jewish -- or had any connection to Judaism. A new film tells the story of this identity purge and its impact on historical anti-Semitism.
Key to Effective Protesting: Put a Name on the Sign
When Mr.Dave said they are putting "your name" on the sign the checks promptly arrived by courier. Without names of politicians who endorse Trump's policies and actions, the signs are not likely to irritate sensitive nerves that might evoke a remission to rationality and humanity.Yet almost all the protest signs in the Women's March addressed generalities rather than naming & shaming the sycophants who are sucking up to Trump
Political Polling Is A Flawed Science That Leads To Fatally Flawed Reporting
During the presidential election campaign the public was inundated with polls, many of which were rolled out daily and weekly.Most were unscientific and untrustworthy.They should not have been taken seriously.Yet they were treated as "breaking news." Throw out the polls and instead talk to hairdressers, bartenders, waiters, cabdrivers, cops and others close to people in the trenches of daily living.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016(6 comments)
'Going Trump': A New Term For Over-The-Top Lying
The volume of lies told by Donald Trump durng the presidential campaign--and continues in the post electon period--has been documented by factcheckers. These lies are dangerous. They undermine democracy and the constitution.Thus the need for a new term to capture this new brand of lying. Call it "Going Trump.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016(6 comments)
Did Religious Voters Make a Catastrophic Mistake in Supporting Trump?
The 80 percent of white evangelicals who played a key role in catapulting Donald trump to the presidency are taking a big gamble. In sacrificing their religious values and principles, which are defied by Trumps behavior and views, they are counting on the restoration of jobs that have been sent abroad.If Trumps promises don't materialize--and many economic experts say they can't and won't--religions may face mass defections.
Monday, November 14, 2016(8 comments)
Open Letter to Evangelicals Who Voted For Donald Trump
White Evangelicals won the election for Donald Trump by voting for him in greater numbers than ever before for a Republican candidate. But in doing so they abandoned almost all of their core religious and spiritual values. Sadly, it's highly unlikely that Trump will deliver for them what he promised.
Friday, September 30, 2016(4 comments)
Zika, Pandemics, and the Market Model: Till Death Do Us Part?
Recent international responses to pandemic threats have been slow, widely dispersed, and fragmented. This makes no sense given warnings about potentially devastating effects of pandemics that could kill millions Much of the response to threats subscribe to a market model that funds pharmaceutical companies, university research centers, and independent contractors. A model based on the Manhattan Project would be far better.
What Would Jesus Say About Distortions of His Teachings?
Throughout history religious leaders have distorted the teachings of the founders. Since historically illiteracy was rampant, populaces only knew what religious leaders told them--and often these teachings were the opposite of the true teachings. Even today various forms of illiteracy persist, enabling pundits to twist religious doctrines to conform to their ideologies, not the founders'.
Harnessing 'Senior Power' to Boost Our Economy
"The unprecedented gains in life expectancy of the longevity revolution will have profound effects on the future, not only of our older citizens but of younger ones as well. Indeed, their fates are intertwined." To create a society that will be viable for all age group--older adults will have to contribute to GDP--and there's a way to painlessly accomplish that.
Friday, June 3, 2016(5 comments)
The Longevity Revolution: The Danger of Thinking It's Just About Social Security and Medicare
For the first time in human history, older adults are becoming the largest demographic group. The gap will grow exponentially as the elderly population continues to expand and the younger working population shrinks. This poses challenges that can destabilize us economically, politically,and socially.Yet politicians refuse to address the big picture while pretending that the issues are limited to Social Security and Medicare.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016(5 comments)
The Transformation of the Virgin Mary: How a Jewish Girl From Nazareth Became a Christian Icon
The New Testament offers a handful of sparse citations about the life of Mary, mother of Jesus.Despite this paucity of information, an astonishing trove of books throughout history have been written about her.The one fact about Mary that stands out in the bible depictions is her dedication to Judaism. Yet Mary's Jewish identity is the one thing glaringly absent in Medieval and Renaissance art representations of her.
Thursday, April 21, 2016(12 comments)
Why Christians Should Celebrate Passover
While Passover is a celebration of the exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt, the quest for freedom is a universal theme. Furthermore, if not for the exodus from Egypt it's doubtful that Christianity ever would have arisen. More specifically, though, Passover, is a major event in the life of Jesus.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016(1 comments)
Students Should Demand Their Colleges Produce Free Open Textbooks to End the Textbook Racket
There is a simple and doable answer to how colleges can end the price gouging on textbooks ($150 and more).Colleges should require their junior and nontenured faculty to contribute chapters to department open textbooks that can be offered to students at no cost. Before new faculty engage in academic publications under the "publish or perish" dictum, demand that they first contribute to free open textbooks for their students.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016(8 comments)
How the "Dumbest" Country Became the Leader in Technology and Innovation
National rankings on student performance place the U.S. below most industrialized nations based on mean (average) scores. Yet the U.S. is the leader in many intellectual domains including technology and innovation. How to explain this puzzling paradox? Compare the upper ten percent of American students with the same of other countries and the rankings and conversation will take a sharp turn.
Thursday, February 25, 2016(3 comments)
Art Historians Miss the Mark: Follow the Money Trail for Surprising Revelations About Renaissance Art
Patron's who commissioned Renaissance artworks are rarely mentioned by art historians, curators,and critics in discussions, reviews, and critiques of paintings and exhibits.Yet recent research reveals that patrons played a dominant role in overseeing the artworks they commissioned.They specified almost every detail. Patrons should emerge from the shadows and their contribution to the creative process acknowledged and reported
Bible Expert's Surprising Findings About Jews and Judaism Revealed in the New Testament
This interview with biblical scholar Professor Lawrence Schiffman reveals citations in the New Testament that are the earliest or sole mentions of those facts or events. These revelations confirm that the New Testament as an important source and document about Judaism in the time of Jesus and the apostles. It also reminds us of the Jewish Foundations of Christianity.
Friday, November 27, 2015(1 comments)
For Bernie Sanders: A Practical Plan for Free College Education That Can Work Now!
Bernie Sanders'proposal for free tuition at public colleges and universities is bold and necessary to insure an educated competitive workforce ready for the 21st century global marketplace. Given the legislative paralysis of Congress, Sanders'proposal is not likely to be enacted soon. But there is a way to provide free college education now that does not require government support or endorsement.It's based on a proven model.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015(1 comments)
The Election Campaigns Need Fresh Acts. Will the New Ones Make Us Laugh and Spin?
The candidates have run out of steam from over-exposure. They desperately need new material. But their positions are fixed. So where can they turn for freshness? The media may have pushed them to compete with humor and other entertainment forms rather than substance. Will the candidates now be heading to "Dancing With the Stars"?
Monday, November 9, 2015(3 comments)
The Holocaust: A Homework Assignment for Ben Carson
Ben Carson has repeatedly stated his incredulous belief that if Hitler's Nazi government had allowed Jews to own guns they could have stopped or greatly diminished the Holocaust. Not only does Carson's deeply flawed view show ignorance of the Nazi savagery and the pervasive anti-Semitism in German society and throughout Europe, it dishonors the Jewish men and women Partisans who fought courageously against the Nazis.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015(18 comments)
A Psychologist Replays the Trials of Jesus and Paul, and Uncovers Surprising Revelations
It's widely believed that either Jesus, Paul,or both defected from Judaism and launched a new religion called Christianity. In revisiting the trials of Jesus and Paul with a role playing technique commonly used by psychologists, startling revelations emerge casting light on the origins of Christianity and at the same time raising an intriguing question.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015(8 comments)
Ben Carson Still Insists Jews Could Have Gunned Their Way out of the Holocaust
Guns in the hands of ordinary Jewish citizens in Germany would have stopped or "lessened the Holocaust says Ben Carson. His statement may please gun lovers but it reveals deeply flawed logic, ignorance of historical facts and a lack of understanding of despotic governments. Several armies could not stop the German war machine so how could armed Jewish civilians have taken down the Third Reich? Frightening flawed thinking!
Who Was the Most Destructive Jewish "Messiah"? It Wasn't Jesus
Jesus was not the first or the last of Jewish "Messiahs." Jews reject all of them because they did not deliver the promises of the messiah prophesy. Many of these false messiahs did great damage to Jews and Judaism. Yet some are still revered. Jesus was a dedicated Jew who did no damage, yet he is shunned and condemned by Jews.It makes no sense. It's time for Jews to drop the Jesus phobia.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015(21 comments)
"Dumb and Dumber": An American Political Trademark?
Frightening ignorance among many candidates seems to dominate the American political landscape. Some candidates seem to be mired down in beliefs and ideologies that resist facts and reason. The current political scene reflects what the constitution allows: that anyone can be president if he or she is 35 or older born in the U.S.and a resident for 14 years.Will we demand more to combat dumb and dumber?
Destroying Ivory to Save Elephants: Is it Working?
At the present furious rate of elephant poaching, these majestic mammals may soon be gone from the planet. To stop the lucrative ivory trade governments have been pulverizing their vast collections of seized ivory. But is this strategy stopping the killing of elephants? The evidence says no. Other measures appear more promising for crushing the ivory trade and saving elephants from extinction .
Passion Plays and Oratorios, 'Christ Killers,' and the Magic Trick of 'Deus Ex Machina'
Passion plays and Oratorios depict the mission and crucifixion of Jesus. Traditionally these productions blame the Jews collectively for the death of Jesus. Some modern performances delete or revise ant-Semitic passages but many do not.Charging all Jews Christ Killers who called for the crucifixion should be expunged not because it is politically incorrect but because the accusation is false, as detailed evidence will confirm
Saturday, April 4, 2015(13 comments)
Picturing the Jewish Jesus: Bill O'Reilly and the National Geographic Channel Get It Right.
In the Film "Killing Jesus," adapted from Bill O'Reilly's book "Killing Jesus," the images are in sharp contrast to previous film depictions of Jesus, and other Jews. In the dramatization these figures are pictured as dark skinned Semites, typical of the Middle East region. They are also steeped in Judaism-- in tune with who they really were.The film expresses the two sides of the Jesus story: Jewish and Christian.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015(9 comments)
Should the Swastika be Rehabilitated or Forever Damned? A Surprising Debate
The swastika is an ancient symbol that is revered in a number of cultures. The Nazis tarnished the swastika by adopting it thus making it in the eyes of many around the world a symbol of murder and genocide. Can it be redeemed? The intensity of revulsion to the swastika suggests that that it has a difficult if not impossible road to redemption.
Friday, February 20, 2015(5 comments)
Five Stages of Anti-Semitism in Art -- From Medieval to Modern Times
Art historians have attributed obvious anti-Semitism in Medieval and Renaissance artworks to technical developments and advancements in painting, not ideology. Mounting evidence, though, cited in this article, challenges that view with powerful illustrations of the deliberate and willful inclusion of anti-Semitic iconography covering many centuries of artworks.
Thursday, February 12, 2015(8 comments)
In Rejecting Measles Vaccination Are You Defying God's Will?
Despite ample evidence to the contrary, many fundamentalists insist that the healing of illness is strictly in the hands of God, not man or his science. But man and his creative innovations are part of God's creation. Thus rejecting vaccination and other miraculous inventions and discoveries is rejecting God's creations and defying God. Shouldn't that be called blasphemy?
Thursday, February 5, 2015(10 comments)
Why We Know So Little About Moses and Jesus
The sharp difference between modern views of personality development and ancient understandings explain why so little was reported about the early lives of great figures. Today we place emphasis on personal experience to explain the shaping of behavior.In biblical times destiny or inborn traits were thought to determine who a person would become.Thus childhood experiences were ignored by biographers through much of history.
Friday, January 23, 2015(1 comments)
A New Play, Looking for Parcifal, Tackles Death -- With Humor
in her new play, "Looking for Parcifal," playwright Brenda Shoshanna explores the full range of mechanisms different people employ in coping with the death of a loved one. Shoshanna's entertaining and provocative play raises the question:is love the antidote to fear?
Wednesday, December 24, 2014(4 comments)
Jesus: Rambo or Prince of Peace? A Commentary on 'The Crucifixion Rule Book'
Many biblical experts and pundits have assumed that since the Romans crucified Jesus,he (Jesus) must have been an insurgent who was promoting armed rebellion against Roman occupation. Why else would they crucify Jesus, since that gruesome type execution was supposedly reserved for insurrectionists, escaped slaves, and perpetrators of heinous crimes. But was a strict crucifixion rule book rigidly followed? Highly doubtful!!