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Never make predictions about the Jews

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 21, 2023
(RNS) — An American Jewish sage tried to predict Judaism, 2025. You’ll be surprised at what he got right — and wrong.
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Orthodox Jewish parents sue California for ban on special ed funds to religious schools

By Alejandra Molina — March 14, 2023
(RNS) — ‘It takes a special kind of chutzpah to deny Jewish kids with disabilities equal access to special education benefits,’ said Eric Rassbach, an attorney representing the parents.

Trump vs. DeSantis: Florida pastors mull conservative issues

By Giovanna Dell'orto — March 14, 2023
(AP) — “The evangelical vote in Florida is too diverse to be a big force in politics,” said one political scientist, but many faithful across denominations like seeing DeSantis take charge of issues like sexually explicit materials available to children. “That resonates.”

What is a pogrom? Israeli mob attack has put a century-old word in the spotlight

By Joshua Shanes — March 14, 2023
(The Conversation) — A scholar of Jewish history explains how the term ‘pogrom’ lives in Jewish collective memory and why its use can be highly contentious.

Nazi orders for Jews to wear a star were hateful, but far from unique – a historian traces the long history of antisemitic badges

By Flora Cassen — March 14, 2023
(The Conversation) — Badges and other wearable markings had a long history of being used to target Jewish people in Europe.

Remembering Chaim Topol — and how ‘Fiddler’ reflected American Judaism

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 14, 2023
(RNS) — The inside story of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ reveals some deep truths about American Judaism.

American Jews will protest Israel finance minister’s speech in DC

By Yonat Shimron — March 10, 2023
(RNS) — Israel’s finance minister, Bezalel Smotrich, a right-wing Israeli politician, is scheduled to speak Sunday (March 12).

Reform rabbis will not stop working to build the Israel of our hopes and aspirations

By Hara Person — March 9, 2023
(RNS) — The Israel of today is complicated and can often be antithetical to the very Jewish values we hold dear. But that doesn’t mean we give up on Israel.

Reform movement leader on Israel: ‘It’s time to lean in; not walk away.’

By Yonat Shimron — March 6, 2023
(RNS) — Like all US Jewish denominations, the Reform movement has given wholehearted support to Israel. In an interview with RNS, Rabbi Rick Jacobs reiterated that support, even as he allowed for some criticism.

Queen Vashti is not the feminist symbol many want her to be

By Avi Shafran — March 6, 2023
(RNS) — It’s sad to see a carefully preserved Jewish historical tradition sacrificed on the altar of a contemporary ism.

Cormac McCarthy’s surprising turn to spirituality

By Jacob Lupfer — March 6, 2023
(RNS) — Two unexpected McCarthy novels prove to be his most religious yet.

Baptist Joint Committee gains faith and justice center, grows religious liberty work

By Adelle M. Banks — March 6, 2023
(RNS) — ‘One of the things that we prioritized in our work was really reimagining religious freedom through the experiences of marginalized communities,’ said Sabrina E. Dent, the center’s president.

It’s a dangerous turn when a pogrom becomes an act of faith

By Daoud Kuttab — March 3, 2023
(RNS) — Turning the Israeli-Palestinian political conflict into a messianic one could blow up the entire region.
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