Judaism

Anti-Zionism as anti-Judaism

By Mark Silk — February 19, 2014

The significance of “Zionism Unsettled,” the study guide put out under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church last month, does not lie in its wholesale embrace of the Palestinian cause but in its theological rejection of Zionism as a species of religious exceptionalism.

10 simple ideas on Judaism, human rights, and hope

By Tobin Grant — February 7, 2014

This is the first in a new series of 10 simple (but not simplistic) ideas on religion and politics by religious leaders, political activists, or academics. The one rule: each idea must given in a concise, “tweetable” format. Today’s 10 Simple Ideas features Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg, a former co-chair of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for […]

COMMENTARY: Wanted: A distinctly Jamaican Judaism

By Dana Evan Kaplan — December 3, 2013

KINGSTON, Jamaica (RNS) Since becoming the first ordained rabbi in Jamaica in more than three decades, I have been trying to develop a plan to build a Jewish future in Kingston and throughout the country.

Rabbi Hier to Pope Francis: ‘Peace is one of Judaism’s Greatest Virtues’ –but ‘Evil is Real and Must be Confronted’

By Religion News LLC — October 24, 2013

Vatican City—-A sixty-member Simon Wiesenthal Center delegation that included Holocaust survivors, Christians and a prominent Muslim met today with Pope Francis at a private audience in the Vatican.  In his speech, Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Jewish human rights NGO, raised the continuing threats from terrorists and rogue nations, like Iran:  “There […]

Conservative Judaism turns 100 and works to reverse its decline

By Lauren Markoe — October 9, 2013

(RNS) As Conservative Judaism approaches its 100th birthday, it confronts a set of statistics that bode poorly for its future as the anchor in the center of American Jewish life.

Meet the ‘Nominals’ who are drifting from Judaism and Christianity

By Cathy Lynn Grossman — October 1, 2013

(RNS) Vague Jews and “mushy Christians” have a lot in common. Survey after survey finds many people who don’t know or care about doctrine or practice still proudly claim a religious brand identity.

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly Video: Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Judaism

By Sally Morrow — May 17, 2013

Ultra Orthodox Hasidic Jews observe the strict rules of the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, and its 613 commandments. But, for some, the lack of choices is too rigid, so they choose to leave, even though doing so can be very painful.

Does ‘Downton Abbey’ downplay anti-Semitism – and Judaism?

By David Gibson — February 14, 2013

(RNS) If God is missing from the hit television series “Downton Abbey” what about the other great religious oversight — the fact that the show glosses over the anti-Semitism that was also commonplace in turn-of-the-century English, especially among the aristocracy?

Drew Barrymore considers converting to Judaism

By Maria Puente — January 30, 2013

(RNS) “I haven’t converted yet,” says new mom Drew Barrymore, but she sounds as if she will.

Tuesday’s Religion News Roundup: Broadway evangelism, gay-friendly Judaism, and Mitt for LDS prez?

By Lauren Markoe — November 13, 2012

Could Romney lead the LDS? What are the bishops up to in Baltimore? And how gay-friendly is organized Judaism? 

Friday’s Religion News Roundup: Judaism on Sandy. Islamophobia in Michigan. Catholic bishops for Romney.

By David Gibson — November 2, 2012

Still reckoning with Sandy, a lower murder rate counts as good news. Not a new lottery: the Romney Mega Prayer. Ever want to know what an “intrinsic evil” is? You may be surprised.

Friday’s Religion News Roundup: Judaism on Sandy. Islamophobia in Michigan. Catholic bishops for Romney.

By David Gibson — November 2, 2012

Still reckoning with Sandy, a lower murder rate counts as good news. Not a new lottery: the Romney Mega Prayer. Ever want to know what an “intrinsic evil” is? You may be surprised.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs takes helm of Reform Judaism

By Lauren Markoe — June 8, 2012

(RNS) Rabbi Rick Jacobs on Saturday (June 9) will be installed as president of the Union for Reform Judaism, the first change in leadership of the largest organization of American and Canadian Jews in 16 years. By Lauren Markoe.

Has Matisyahu left Judaism?

By Tracy Gordon — December 14, 2011

(RNS) Matisyahu, the improbable but undeniable reggae star, announced on Twitter on Tuesday (Dec. 13) that he is shaving the beard that has long marked him as a Hasidic Jew. Fans are confused. Is he giving up the Orthodox brand of Judaism he adopted 10 years ago, and the ultra-religious persona that helped launch him […]

Judaism without God? Yes, say American atheists

By Tracy Gordon — September 23, 2011

BERKELEY, Calif. (RNS) For an atheist, Maxim Schrogin talks about God a lot. Over lunch at a Jewish deli, he ponders the impulse to believe — does it come from within or without? Why does God permit suffering? Finally, he pulls out a flowchart he made showing degrees of belief, which ranges from unquestioning faith […]

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