Judaism

And then, they came for the rock star …

By Jeffrey Salkin — February 22, 2024
(RNS) — It happened to Matisyahu. It could happen to any Jewish performer. And, any Jew.
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Biden sanctions aim to curb Jewish settler attacks. Some Israelis fear a wider impact.

By Michele Chabin — February 19, 2024
JERUSALEM (RNS) — Though some say the sanctions will do little to end attacks by Jewish extremists, others say they may be used against anyone who supports the settlements in the West Bank.

How many deaths …?

By Jeffrey Salkin — February 19, 2024
(RNS) — As Marvin Gaye sang: 'War is not the answer.' A new book asks: Is it ever the answer?

African Methodist Episcopal Church leaders call for halt to all US funding of Israel

By Adelle M. Banks — February 16, 2024
(RNS) — The statement comes in a week of continuing calls for cease-fire and humanitarian aid for the victims of the war that began on Oct. 7.

The ‘death’ of the brain should not decide the fate of the body

By Avi Shafran — February 15, 2024
(RNS) — What is really driving the decision to say a life is over?

How is this Holocaust movie different from other Holocaust movies?

By Jeffrey Salkin — February 14, 2024
(RNS) — ‘The Zone of Interest,’ a nominee for best picture, makes the propensity for evil quite plain — and relevant.

Peace pilgrimage takes up war in Gaza as a civil rights issue

By Yonat Shimron — February 13, 2024
(RNS) — Many Black Americans view the Palestinian cause in the context of the African American experience of oppression. This has on occasion strained relations with American Jews.

An odd couple of Jewish organizations unite to help migrants during cold nights

By Fiona André — February 13, 2024
NEW YORK (RNS) — By combining efforts, two Jewish organizations have provided hundreds of migrants with coats, blankets and hot food this winter. 

Super Bowl religion ads are a blast from the past

By Mark Silk — February 13, 2024
(RNS) — The ads from three sectors of American faith harked back to when faith played a peacemaking role.

Antisemitism and safety fears surge among US Jews, survey finds

By Tiffany Stanley — February 13, 2024
(AP)  — The American Jewish Committee, a prominent advocacy organization, conducted the survey last fall just as the Israel-Hamas war began on Oct. 7. The number of American Jews who say they feel less secure in the U.S. jumped 22% from last year’s survey.

Are the Jews still cool?

By Jeffrey Salkin — February 12, 2024
(RNS) — I miss Philip Seymour Hoffman — especially when he was uncool.

Super Bowl viewers can meet Jesus, boost their prayer life and confront antisemitism

By Bob Smietana — February 9, 2024
(RNS) — Ads for the He Gets Us campaign, the Hallow prayer app and the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism will be among the groups running faith-related ads at the Super Bowl.

60 years ago today, the Beatles appeared on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’

By Jeffrey Salkin — February 9, 2024
(RNS) — There are far more connections between the Beatles and the Jews than we think.
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