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A. James Rudin

A. James Rudin is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by A. James Rudin

Bob Moses, civil rights leader, led us to imagine the end of racism

By A. James Rudin — July 26, 2021
(RNS) — The great educator and civil rights leader reminds us that there may be no more noble cause than democracy.

How Heschel and King bonded over the Hebrew prophets

By A. James Rudin — February 11, 2021
(RNS) — Black History Month is a fitting moment to recall a brief, remarkable friendship that permanently transformed America.

The top Jewish stories of 2020

By A. James Rudin — December 30, 2020
(RNS) — As for all the world, COVID-19 dominated Jewish life in 2020, but not all the news in the Jewish world was about the virus — and even some events driven by the pandemic were not without a silver lining.

Four facts that will change relations between Christians and Jews in the next decade

By A. James Rudin — December 15, 2020
(RNS) — As relations between Christians and Jews have changed and will change, we must change, too.

55 years ago, a cardinal’s ‘special reverence’ for the Jews redeemed ‘Nostra Aetate’

By A. James Rudin — October 28, 2020
(RNS) — The proclamation sparked a systematic effort by the Catholic Church to transform its past bitter relationships with Jews and Judaism.

America hasn’t always been kind to Catholic presidential candidates

By A. James Rudin — August 21, 2020
(RNS) — Joe Biden is counting on his Catholicism to be a boon to his campaign — but that hasn’t always been the case for Catholic presidential hopefuls.

After 75 years, a question about race haunts Truman’s calculation on Hiroshima

By A. James Rudin — August 5, 2020
(RNS) — Much of the world focused on President Harry Truman's explanation for using the bomb 75 years ago, but the Japanese I met had a different question.

The top 10 news stories in Judaism of 2019

By A. James Rudin — December 27, 2019
(RNS) — The most important events and trends of the year in Judaism, from the horror of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting to the hope of a burgeoning birth rate in Israel.

In the sacred stillness of Arlington National Cemetery

By A. James Rudin — November 11, 2019
(RNS) — A visitors to the cemetery recognizes the enormous price in military dead America has paid, and continues to pay, for our freedom.

In the sacred stillness of Arlington National Cemetery

By A. James Rudin — November 10, 2019
(RNS) — A visitors to the cemetery recognizes the enormous price in military dead America has paid, and continues to pay, for our freedom.

Three women of faith who changed America

By A. James Rudin — October 21, 2019
(RNS) — These three women — a Quaker, a Jew and a Roman Catholic — were polarizing figures who were often propelled by their faith into history.

Christian churches own up to the futility of converting the Jews

By A. James Rudin — September 27, 2019
(RNS) — Throughout history, church and political authorities have used horrendous physical, emotional and psychological pressures in fruitless conversion campaigns.

In Robert Alter’s majestic Bible translation, the achievement is in the details

By A. James Rudin — April 4, 2019
(RNS) — With an accurate, understandable translation that captures the unique sentence structure, style and syntax of the ancient language, Alter has set a new standard for biblical scholarship.

Releasing Vatican WWII archives removes an obstacle to Catholic-Jewish peace

By A. James Rudin — March 4, 2019
(RNS) — The long-simmering controversy over Pius XII's response to the Holocaust has the power to undo many of the extraordinary positive gains that have been achieved since 1965.

A grim anniversary for Dietrich Bonhoeffer marks what might have been

By A. James Rudin — January 18, 2019
(RNS) — Eighty years ago, the anti-Nazi activist Dietrich Bonhoeffer traveled back to Germany. Had he survived World War II, he might have become a global leader in fostering respect between Christians and Jews.
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