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Judaism

Gallup: Fewer than half of Americans belong to a church or other house of worship

By Bob Smietana — March 29, 2021
(RNS) — While Americans still believe in God, a growing number have dropped out of organized religion.

Passover’s promise of a safer place is America’s story this year

By Gabrielle Giffords — March 26, 2021
(RNS) — The former congresswoman and gun safety activist on Passover in a time of trauma.

Michael Twitty’s ‘kosher soul’ cuisine offers an updated story of liberation

By Yonat Shimron — March 26, 2021
(RNS) — The Jewish culinary historian encourages people to celebrate their braided cultures. "Tradition is what you make," he says. His Passover Plate will look different from the one most Jews use.

Boulder’s faith community comes together to grieve after grocery store shooting

By Carina Julig — March 26, 2021
(RNS) — A memorial vigil attended by more than 1,000 people was led by clergy from around Boulder.

The religious foundations of Arab-Israel peace

By David Rosen — March 26, 2021
(RNS) — If we aspire to forge truly sustainable peace between people, we must also invoke the values and identities by which they define their lives.

This Passover, kosher pig’s on the menu

By Joshua Hammerman — March 25, 2021
(RNS) — Modern Jewish life is filled with kosher pigs, utter inconsistencies we sometimes hardly notice; but they are there, and they are enlightening.

Study: Americans overwhelmingly support LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws

By Yonat Shimron — March 23, 2021
(RNS) — The 2020 American Values Atlas study from PRRI finds that at least 60% of every U.S. religious group favors laws that would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. But religious leaders are another matter.

Fauci and Collins join interfaith leaders at cathedral vaccine ‘confidence event’

By Adelle M. Banks — March 17, 2021
(RNS) — A couple dozen religious leaders — of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths — received their shots from local health officials at the Washington National Cathedral on Tuesday.

As Equality Act hearing begins, faith leaders meet with Sen. Coons to voice support

By Jack Jenkins — March 17, 2021
(RNS) — Wednesday’s hearing is the furthest the legislation, versions of which have been floating around Capitol Hill since the 1970s, has gotten in the legislative process.

Faith leaders’ year of pandemic: grief, solace, resilience

By Luis Andres Henao, David Crary, Mariam Fam — March 13, 2021
(AP) — The pandemic, said one assistant pastor, "has called us to rethink and re-imagine what our philosophy of ministering really is in the age of COVID."

‘A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff’: Jewish artist Alicia Jo Rabins turns financial crisis into spiritual film

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 12, 2021
(RNS) — The one-women show turned film has been described as a 'mystical meta-musical about the biggest financial fraud in history.'

Faith leaders push back against proposed ‘Souls to the Polls’ voting restrictions

By Adelle M. Banks — March 12, 2021
(RNS) — 'They’re trying, with the voter suppression laws, to create a system of apartheid where they who have the power will retain the power,' one minister said.

He claimed white Jews gained from white supremacy. Now he’s more popular than ever.

By Yonat Shimron — March 12, 2021
(RNS) — Historian Marc Dollinger is on a quest to analyze Jewish complicity in racism.

“Allergic to religion”: Conservative politics can push people out of the pews, new study shows

By Jana Riess — March 12, 2021
Various studies have argued that one reason for the rapid rise of the "nones" may be a backlash against the actions of the Religious Right. Three political scientists have now proved that there's a direct connection.

‘Silence is not an option’: Harold Braswell on Canada’s new assisted suicide law

By Charles C. Camosy — March 12, 2021
(RNS) — The law, passed this week, extends the right to physician-assisted suicide (PAS) to disabled people.
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