Menachem Wecker

Menachem Wecker is an author at Religion News Service.

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Artist’s drawing of a herring on a bialy gains an audience in Bialystok — and Hollywood

July 31, 2017

(RNS) — That a symbol of Jewish folkways would command attention in Hollywood reflects the ways many Jews think about their identity.

Mormon missionaries pound Italian pavements with chalk

November 11, 2014

BOLOGNA, Italy (RNS) Mormon missionaries are trying new methods of getting their message out.

Hollywood’s depiction of nuns a case of ‘Veiled Desires’

October 16, 2013

(RNS) Author Maureen Sabine sheds light on the paradox of having charismatic and photogenic actresses playing chaste nuns.

Winners and losers in the Pew Research poll on American Jews

October 4, 2013

(RNS) Among the winners in the new Pew Research Center poll on American Jews, the Orthodox movement and Israel. Losers include the Conservative movement.

‘God is the best artist’ takes off on social media

August 22, 2013

(RNS) The notion of God as an artist is hardly new. But when Twitter and Pinterest users take to their smartphones to snap pictures of sunrises and sunsets and attribute those “masterpieces” to God, they are exhibiting a new sort of adoration.

PBS series ‘Life of Muhammad’ explores diverse opinions of prophet

August 15, 2013

(RNS) Narrated by Somai-born journalist Rageh Omaar, the PBS series “The Life of Muhammad” presents the Muslim prophet in a respectful, positive light, though it doesn’t shirk from the controversies that surrounded him.

Orthodox Jews to observe July 4th without music

July 1, 2013

(RNS) Many Orthodox Jews will silence their TVs and avoid live music performances on July Fourth to commemorate a three-week mourning period for the Jerusalem Temple.

Crucifixion images no longer command auction prices

June 18, 2013

(RNS) Cultural factors that may be contributing to the declining sales prices of Crucifixions are changing worship styles that rely more on words and music and less on visual images, and an unwillingness to openly and publicly display one’s religious commitments.

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