Adin Steinsaltz

Stories by Adin Steinsaltz

It is like fist fights between two blind men

This weekend, Jon Stewart is holding “a rally to restore sanity” on the mall, two months after Glenn Beck’s religion-infused … Continued

A question of sense and sensibility

Should there be a mosque near Ground Zero? The question about the mosque is not a religious question. It is … Continued

Sheer stupidity to ignore the religious in Muslim terrorism

What should we call terrorists, some of whom claim to be motivated by their religion? Can one be an Islamic … Continued

As we take religion more seriously, differences become more obvious

Q: Are all religions the same? The Dalai Lama, who just celebrated his 75th birthday, often refers to the ‘oneness’ … Continued

Western democratic governments suffer double handicap

Q: What is the obligation of a Western, democratic government to protect individual freedoms in light of a realistic terrorist … Continued

The strangeness of political correctness

Q: Advocacy groups for people with intellectual disabilities are campaigning to end use of the word ‘retard’ or ‘retarded.’ What … Continued

Not OK to slander religion or race

Q: Atheists are others are protesting a new law in Ireland, under which a person can be found guilty of … Continued

A just war has nothing to do with its holiness, or otherwise

Q: Is there such a thing as a ‘just war’? In his Nobel speech, was President Obama right to speak … Continued

What humans do is a moral issue

Q: In response to Sarah Palin’s recent claims that climate change is based on “junk science and doomsday scare tactics … Continued

Minarets, calls to prayer and church bells

Q: What’s your reaction to Sunday’s decision by voters in Switzerland to ban construction of minarets, the slender towers from … Continued

Preparing for death is not the equivalent of terminating life

End of life counseling may take two different forms, in almost opposing directions. One kind of counseling assists elderly people … Continued

An ethical question, not a religious problem

Q: Polls show a majority of Americans are concerned about the H1N1 virus (swine flu), but also about the safety … Continued

This Issue Needs Serious Discussion

Some New York-area rabbis are planning to bring weapons to High Holy Day services this month to guard against terrorist … Continued

The Angel of Death Lives Also in Libya

Scotland freed the terminally ill Lockerbie bomber last week so he could die at home in Libya. “Our beliefs dictate … Continued

Medium is Not the Message

Are social media tools a blessing or a curse for people of faith? Should we use digital technology to commune … Continued

When Hatred Moves from Thought to Act

What happened at the U.S. Holocaust Museum is an extreme sign of something happening in different parts of American society, … Continued

Use Every Available Means To Save A Life

What should be done when parents rely on religion instead of medicine to heal sick children? One of our sages … Continued

Secular Isn’t Always Better

How would you respond to radical Muslim clerics in northwest Pakistan — now under Islamic law — who are calling … Continued

Cults Transgress Basic Universal Beliefs

A Baltimore mother accused of joining a cult and starving her child says she was acting on her religious beliefs. … Continued

Simply Look Around. Evil Does Exist

When people say that they don’t believe that Satan exists, perhaps it is because they don’t read the papers, don’t … Continued