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Holly Lebowitz Rossi

Holly Lebowitz Rossi is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Holly Lebowitz Rossi

Breath, the divine metaphor, becomes a hallmark of America’s twin crises

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi — July 8, 2020
(RNS) — The normally simple, normally unconscious act of drawing breath has come to define the United States’ most pressing problems. What the world’s faith traditions have to say about the meaning of our first act as humans.

For synagogues, High Holidays welcome is complicated by security needs

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi — September 24, 2019
BOSTON (RNS) — At a time of year when people who rarely attend show up, or when people show up for the first time, balancing friendliness and safety becomes especially tricky.

How to save the world: Schedule some awe in your summer vacation

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi — June 25, 2018
(RNS) - Travel, experts say, can change lives, especially trips to destinations that elicit a sense of awe and wonder. The feelings that take us out of ourselves foster positive social relationships, lower stress and cultivate overall well-being that could benefit society.

Billy Graham leaves a positive interfaith legacy, with a few blemishes

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi — February 21, 2018
(RNS) — One of them was his anti-Semitic remarks made in a taped conversation with President Nixon.

‘Interfaith’ term rings hollow for some Jews

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi — December 18, 2017
BOSTON (RNS) — If you really want to welcome interfaith families into Jewish life, better rethink your language, many Jewish leaders say.

Don’t throw the word ‘Nazi’ around

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi — August 25, 2017
(RNS) — 'Nazism shouldn’t be a casual catch-all term to describe the bad guys,' writes Holly Lebowitz Rossi.

Resorts Find Travel Niche for Passover

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi — April 5, 2006
c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) It’s an emotional moment in the Passover seder, when Jews pray that they will be able to celebrate “next year in Jerusalem.” But “next year in Acapulco” might be more likely for many Jewish families, a growing number of whom are traveling to exotic vacation spots to celebrate the […]

Muslims’ Concerns About Quran Not Eased by Pentagon Report

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi — June 7, 2005
c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The Pentagon on Friday (June 3) called the intentional mishandling of the Quran a “rare occurrence” at the Guantanamo Bay prison, but it did little to placate many U.S. Muslims’ concerns about the integrity of the facility and U.S. policy towards Muslim prisoners. In the wake of the report, […]

Rising Interest in Islam Brings Ramadan Into Public Schools

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi — October 7, 2004
c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Over the next few weeks, multicultural trainer Afeefa Syeed will bring third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students from the Muslim Al Fatih Academy in Herndon, Va., to area public schools to share the practices and beliefs of their holiest month, Ramadan. Syeed and the children will present the call to […]

NEWS FEATURE: Alternative Jewish Minyans Promote Equality but Keep Tradition

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi — September 24, 2004
c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When Jill Levy, 28, stepped off the plane three years ago after studying in Israel, the first place she went was Central Park for a Friday evening service at Kehilat Hadar, a vibrant alternative prayer community in New York City. Hadar, as it is known, is one of a […]

NEWS FEATURE: Madonna, Other Celebrities Promote `Jewish’ Kabbalah

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi — September 24, 2004
c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Singing icon Madonna, who lately refers to herself by the Hebrew name Esther, publicly touts her devotion to Kabbalah, a mystical Jewish philosophy. But traditional Orthodox Jewish leaders say this popular spirituality is a religious imposter. With fashionable “red string” bracelets said to ward off evil, a book that […]

NEWS STORY: Jewish and Muslim Voters Motivated by More Than Middle East

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi — September 23, 2004
c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) If the Nov. 2 presidential election is as close as the 2000 election was, Jewish and Muslim groups could determine the outcome in some states. So it’s no surprise that the campaigns are courting these religious groups seemingly at odds with each other. What may be a surprise is […]

NEWS FEATURE: Alternative Jewish Minyans Promote Equality but Keep Tradition

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi — September 10, 2004
c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When Jill Levy, 28, stepped off the plane three years ago after studying in Israel, the first place she went was Central Park for a Friday evening service at Kehilat Hadar, a vibrant alternative prayer community in New York City. Hadar, as it is known, is one of a […]

NEWS STORY: Jews Warn Kerry Campaign: Don’t Take Us for Granted

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi — July 30, 2004
c. 2004 Religion News Service BOSTON _ The message to the Kerry campaign from Jews is clear: Don’t take us for granted. Jewish voters may not be flocking from the traditionally Democratic stronghold to the Bush-Cheney ticket in large numbers, but Jewish Democrats gathered here for their presidential nominating convention are working to remind the […]

NEWS STORY: Poll: Battleground States Leaning Democratic Among Arab-Americans

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi — July 29, 2004
c. 2004 Religion News Service BOSTON _ Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry enjoys a comfortable lead over President Bush among Arab-American voters in four “battleground states,” according to a new poll. The poll, conducted by Zogby International for the Arab American Institute, showed Kerry leading in Michigan, Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania while Bush’s numbers continue […]
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