Beth Kissileff is an author at Religion News Service.
New Light congregant: Last year’s shooting demands we turn prayers to action
(RNS) — I can’t bring back the 12 American Jews killed by anti-Semitic violence this year, but I can live my life with the urgency our tradition asks of us and encourage others as well to build the world, kindness first.
In the wake of the Pittsburgh shooting, finding a new Jewish voice at Shavuot
(RNS) — Many of the things that those killed did helped others find their own Jewish voices. And that, in some ways, is what Shavuot is about.
10 years later, Mister Rogers is still making neighbors
(RNS) Pittsburgh Theological Seminary devoted its summer leadership conference to insights from the life and work of Fred Rogers, whose popular television show cultivated virtues such as neighborliness.
Minn. teen finds a religious mandate for gun control after father’s death
(RNS) Each morning, Sami Rahamin attends synagogue to recite the Kaddish memorial prayer for his father, who was shot dead by a disgruntled former employee. Then he turns his attention to a faith-based crusade: gun control.
Some Jews can’t get jazzed over Hanukkah
(RNS) Ayelet Waldman isn't shy about sharing her true feelings about the upcoming Jewish festival of lights. “I loathe Hanukkah,'' she says. She's not alone: Some Jews, tired of the “December Dilemma'' and competing with Christmas, would prefer to avoid all the fuss. By Beth Kissileff.
As holy days approach, rabbis reflect on final sermons
(RNS) A well-known Jewish adage says that one should “repent one day before your last one.” Religion News Service spoke to a variety of rabbis about what their final Jewish New Year message to their flock before leaving the pulpit would be. By Beth Kissileff.