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Outlawing Ben & Jerry’s boycott is a distraction that makes antisemitism harder to fight

By Nancy H. Wiener and Lester Bronstein — December 7, 2021
(RNS) — Ben & Jerry’s principled decision is an objection to occupation, not to the existence of Israel.
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$6.6M awarded to Tree of Life synagogue, site of massacre

By Michael Rubinkam — December 6, 2021
(AP) — The state funding will help “transform this site that has been marked by horror ... into one full of hope, remembrance and education,” Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers said.

Fat liberationists celebrate fat bodies in religious community

By Kathryn Post — December 6, 2021
(RNS) — A small but growing group of religious fat liberationists opposes fat phobia in all its forms.

Police kill Palestinian attacker after Jerusalem stabbing

By Joseph Krauss — December 6, 2021
JERUSALEM (AP) — Large numbers of security forces were deployed to the area, where they briefly clashed with a crowd of young Palestinians before dispersing them with tear gas and stun grenades.

Five years after his death, Leonard Cohen is more than ever a man for our times

By Marcia Pally — December 4, 2021
(RNS) — In dark times, Cohen helps us answer: How did we get here?

Bidens, Harris, Emhoff celebrate Hanukkah at White House

By Associated Press — December 2, 2021
Speaking to more than 150 guests, Biden sought to draw parallels between his presidency and the eight-day commemoration of the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem by the Maccabees.

As Supreme Court debates abortion, dueling theologies protest outside

By Jack Jenkins — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The issue of when life begins has been hotly debated by philosophers since the beginning of time — it’s still debated in religions,’ said Justice Sonia Sotomayor as the court heard oral arguments.

Report: Holocaust denial persists on Facebook one year after push to stanch it

By Yonat Shimron — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — The ADL found that while dedicated Holocaust denial groups have been removed from the platform, public and private groups as well as personal profiles still contain links to such sources.

Before there was Roe: Religious debate before high court’s historic ruling on abortion

By Adelle M. Banks — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — Reports reveal blunt statements opposing the procedure, broadening definitions of what could be legalized and religious politicians’ reactions to state legislatures’ debates over the controversial procedure.

Why Mississippi’s anti-abortion law is also an assault on LGBTQ+ rights

By Danya Ruttenberg — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — Dodd v. Jackson Women’s Health is important to anyone who wants autonomy over their body.

‘To those who celebrate.’ What’s up with that?

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 1, 2021
(RNS) — It is a rather timid religious expression. Why do we insist on saying it?

4 women sue Orthodox Union and its youth group, alleging sex abuse by rabbi

By Yonat Shimron — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — They allege that Rabbi Baruch Lanner abused them on youth retreats beginning in the 1970s and that the Orthodox Union, which employed him, did nothing.

Holocaust survivors mark Hanukkah at Jerusalem Western Wall

By Associated Press — November 30, 2021
The candle-lighting was organized by the Jewish Claims Conference at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, the holiest place where Jews can pray.
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