Judaism

Fighting hate with a holy, and blessedly ordinary, partnership of Christians and Jews

By Katie Crowe and Daniel Greyber — May 31, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — Sharing a sanctuary, a church and a synagogue wrote a narrative that refused to let our current divisions have the final word.

D-Day was the beginning of American Jews’ ‘coming of age’

By Paul O'Donnell — May 22, 2019

(RNS) — When Jewish men and women returned to civilian life in 1945, they no longer perceived themselves as members of a vulnerable minority group, but rather as part of a proud, self-confident community.

In a rural corner of Britain, a farm reconnects Judaism with the land

By Catherine Pepinster — May 10, 2019

(RNS) — At Sadeh, a farm in Kent, Talia Chain and her small staff are reconnecting Judaism with its agricultural roots and biblical principles of growing food.

Thou shalt covet thy Canadian neighbor’s Judaism

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 7, 2019

In Canada, Judaism — and Jews — are different. We have something to learn.

Trump, rabbi of attacked synagogue observe National Day of Prayer at White House

By Adelle M. Banks — May 2, 2019

WASHINGTON (RNS) — Trump used the occasion to tick off new and old efforts he said he has pursued to enhance religious liberty for Americans.

How Jews can mourn for Notre Dame

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 16, 2019

(RNS) — ‘If you are looking for a spark, sift through the ashes.’ That is the meaning of faith in our world. Especially now.

Mayor Pete, lay off the Pharisees!

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 15, 2019

(RNS) — ‘Pharisee,’ again? I hadn’t thought of that word in decades. Until Mayor Pete …

Conservative rabbinical group selects new leader

By Yonat Shimron — April 12, 2019

(RNS) — Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal, 52, who has served his entire career at Shaare Torah, in Gaithersburg, Md., will lead the 1,700-member international organization of Conservative rabbis.

Netanyahu is not Israel

By Jeffrey Salkin — April 10, 2019

Yes, I am sad. I am disappointed. That is why I am doubling down on Israel.

Rabbis express concern about excesses of Purim celebrations

By Michele Chabin — March 19, 2019

JERUSALEM (RNS) — For many Jews, the holiday of Purim has become too commercialized, and alcohol, according to one rabbi, ‘has become the star of the holiday.’

Israeli rabbinate under fire for pushing for DNA tests

By bob smietana — March 14, 2019

JERUSALEM (RNS) — A rabbinical court has asked some immigrants to Israel to prove they are genetically Jewish before they can be married, a standard some say violates Judaism’s own definitions of Jewishness.

Zionism, anti-Semitism, and progressive activism: Rabbi Rachel Timoner discusses politically active Judaism

By Jonathan Woodward — March 10, 2019

Rabbinical activism and Jewish identity. Senior Rabbi of Brooklyn’s Congregation Beth Elohim Rabbi Rachel Timoner weighs in on the crosswinds and squalls for American Jews during the Trump Administration. Add to Favorite Articles

Al Vorspan was a Jewish giant of justice

By Jeffrey Salkin — February 17, 2019

The story Al Vorspan told me fifty years ago, and how it taught me to hear the real music.

Union for Traditional Judaism calls for Omar and King to resign

By RNS Press Release Distribution Service — February 15, 2019

Trans-Denominational Jewish religious organization sees the need for drastic action When Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was elected to Congress it might have been seen as a demonstration of the openness of American society. Given the experience of 9/11 and the continued threats from ISIS against the U.S., a Somali Muslim in congress was a first and […]

Jews of African descent ‘unnerved’ by comparisons to viral video group

By Menachem Wecker — January 24, 2019

(RNS) — Many different groups and congregations around the country have taken on the term “Hebrew” or “Israelite.” Many are more mainstream and say they object to the angry street preaching shown in a viral video.

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