The top Jewish stories of 2020
(RNS) — As for all the world, COVID-19 dominated Jewish life in 2020, but not all the news in the Jewish world was about the virus — and even some events driven by the pandemic were not without a silver lining.
Faith leaders and religion influencers who died in 2020
(RNS) — Losses in the religion world included people known for their contributions to preaching, civil rights or music.
Our best religion stories from a terrible year
(RNS) — The RNS stories that captured moments of resilience and perseverance, and even a few moments of celebration, in this dark time.
Jewish health system accused of vaccine violations is a case of solidarity gone wrong
(RNS) — The real moral hazard they’ve fallen into is building a faith identity or communal solidarity on otherness, victimhood or grievance.
5 nurses share their pandemic holiday plans — and their hopes people take the virus seriously
(RNS) — ‘It pains me because I think when this all dies down and we get back to Mass, there will be a lot of empty pews,’ said one nurse, who has worked at a hard-hit nursing home throughout the pandemic.
The most intriguing books on religion we read this year
(RNS) — Our reading list this year, like the rest of our lives, was colored by the triple whammy of 2020: the pandemic, the racial justice protests and the presidential election.
How alliances between Black and Jewish voters are reshaping one New York district
NEW YORK (RNS) — Eliot Engel’s unlikely defeat by progressive insurgent Jamaal Bowman signaled shifts within an electorate that straddles wide income divides in the Bronx and southern Westchester and is 30% Black and 20% Jewish.
Pandemic cooking and Jewish food rituals offer comfort in times of sickness
(The Conversation) — Food preparation makes the intangible aspects of culture and religion tangible.
Does anyone ‘own’ the Holocaust? An Orlando controversy inflames the issue
ORLANDO (RNS) — A Holocaust memorial center in Florida sparks controversy for an exhibit on modern racism, with many saying it diminishes the reality of anti-Semitism and the atrocities of the Holocaust.
Biden DHS nominee has ‘refreshing’ meeting with faith groups about immigration, refugees
(RNS) — One attendee described the meeting as ‘a 180 degree change from what we’ve been enduring for the last four years.’
‘Lo, a virgin shall conceive’ … or not, depending on the translation
(RNS) — Had Isaiah wanted to say ‘virgin’ or predict a miraculous birth, he would have used different Hebrew words, say biblical scholars Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler.
In ‘Can Robots Be Jewish?’ rabbis weigh in on a Jewish pastime: disagreement
(RNS) — The questions in this collection, part of Moment Magazine’s long-running feature ‘Ask the Rabbis,’ offer a model for what is fundamental to Judaism.
Four facts that will change relations between Christians and Jews in the next decade
(RNS) — As relations between Christians and Jews have changed and will change, we must change, too.
That’s Dr. Biden to you!
(RNS) — You call a professional what that person wants to be called. End of discussion.
With vaccines on the horizon, faith leaders could play a crucial role in promoting their use
(RNS) — Asked about his participation in the Moderna vaccine trial, Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld replied, ‘It’s the most important sermon I’ve ever given — by far.’