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When women teach Torah, sparks fly

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 21, 2022
(RNS) — I cannot put this book of contemporary Israeli women's voices down. I don't want to.

`Where the goodies are great’: Sweets lovers welcome Diwali

By Katie Workman — October 20, 2022
(AP) — Although the foods associated with Diwali vary from culture to culture, one central theme is snacks and sweets.

The jump-out-of-your-skin scares return in person, online at Halaloween film festival

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 18, 2022
(RNS) — Halaloween features horror films from across the globe that were made by, for or about Muslims.

Heresy isn’t the enemy in TikTok pastor’s new book

By Kathryn Post — October 12, 2022
(RNS) — ‘I’m not interested in playing the orthodoxy game,’ Brandan Robertson told RNS.

We can’t overlook Kanye West’s antisemitism even if we’re tired of Ye news

By Da'Shawn Mosley — October 12, 2022
(RNS) — It’s one thing to recognize commonalities between marginalized groups. But it is something both immoral and threatening to steal an identity.

PBS docs depict Frederick Douglass’ and Harriet Tubman’s paths of freedom, faith

By Adelle M. Banks — October 11, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Religion for both Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass was the foundation in many ways of who they are,’ said co-director Stanley Nelson.

Episcopal priest the Rev. David Sibley becomes four-time ‘Jeopardy!’ champion

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 6, 2022
(RNS) — ‘I’m just a nerdy trivia buff kind of guy who wanted to play ‘Jeopardy!’ all my life,’ said the Rev. David Sibley, who won nearly $80,000.

In ‘Hocus Pocus 2,’ Disney takes the panic out of witchcraft

By Heather Greene — October 5, 2022
(RNS) — Witches, and Americans, have come a long way since the days of satanic panic.

On hit shows ‘Ramy’ and ‘Mo,’ Azhar Usman adds nuance about Islam (and joy) to Hollywood

By Monique Parsons and Silma Suba — October 4, 2022
(Interfaith America) — A few recent hits for Netflix, Hulu and Disney Plus are shifting Hollywood's narrative about American Muslims. They also have another thing in common: Azhar Usman.

New dating apps — and ‘in person’ mixers — target religious and political niches

By Kathryn Post — September 27, 2022
(RNS) — Two new niche dating sites are hitting the market, promising that shared values are key to long-lasting relationships.

Ojibwe author Patty Krawec writes about Indigenous peoples, Christians ‘Becoming Kin’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 27, 2022
(RNS) — Patty Krawec on why rethinking — or ‘unforgetting,’ as she calls it — history is important.

‘Traditional’ Jewish American foods keep changing, with cookbooks playing an influential role in how Jews mark Rosh Hashana

By Deborah Dash Moore — September 26, 2022
(The Conversation) — A historian of American Judaism explains how cookbooks across the 20th century have influenced and reflected the shifting tastes of American Jews.

As the religiously unaffiliated rise, a new atheist podcast network launches in Los Angeles

By Alejandra Molina — September 19, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — A new podcast platform hopes to tap into a rapidly expanding audience of young, secular millennials.

New museum exhibit seeks to show Samaritans are more than a biblical parable

By Menachem Wecker — September 19, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'The Samaritans: A Biblical People,' opened Sept. 16 at the Museum of the Bible and includes artifacts spanning from the second century before the Common Era to contemporary paintings made in the past couple of years.

You must watch Ken Burns’ PBS series on America and the Holocaust

By Jeffrey Salkin — September 19, 2022
(RNS) — This documentary about the Holocaust was made for our times. To understand the darker elements of America, it is required viewing.
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