Score one for Mel Gibson.
The Catholic Church's official voice in America has washed its hands of a report by some of its own scholars that warns that Gibson's film about the death of Jesus invokes anti-Semitic images and flouts Catholic doctrine.
The unexpected response by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops comes after Gibson threatened to sue the group over an allegedly "stolen" script given to interfaith scholars, who concluded the movie will foment anti-Semitism.
A Manhattan Pentecostal church evicted a Hebrew Christian group last week that had been renting its sanctuary for services after the pastor said a scrawled message was slipped through his mail box reading "Get the Jews out or else."
The day after the Rev. Roger Casey received the note, he said two men came to the Rock Church at 153 E. 62nd St. and told him: "I hope you got our message."
About 100 Jews will practice meditation and recite confidence-building affirmations, often-criticized staples of the New Age movement, on the Upper West Side next week.
And it will all be under reliable Jewish supervision.
A conference at the JCC in Manhattan on June 22 will incorporate a wide variety of spiritual practices when it introduces mussar, a popular component of Orthodox thought, to a largely non-Orthodox audience.
The Tony awards passed him by on Sunday, but director Lonny Price is having an exceptional year on Broadway. He directed what critics panned as one of the season's stinkers, the musical version of the 1980 honky-tonk film "Urban Cowboy." When the show closed in May after 60 performances, Price seemed nonplussed. "It just wasn't a New York show, it turned out," he said.
At a time when university study programs in Israel have become a tough sell for many American parents, the country's Education Ministry and the Jewish Agency are setting their sights in a different, more ambitious direction: high school students.
Rabbi David Forman got some bad news from his publisher the other day: his latest book is selling well.
Which makes "50 Ways to be Jewish" a failure, if you believe the rabbi's words.
The book, produced by Gefen Publishing House in Jerusalem, is a personal, eclectic, traditional but innovative guide to Judaism for those who don't know the hows and the whys.