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Judaism

If you love the Bible and God, then love children. Live children.

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — I am so done.

Saudi Arabia again leads interfaith understanding — this time on its own soil

By David Rosen — May 24, 2022
(RNS) — A forum in Riyadh for Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist leaders reflects remarkable changes.

Should religion influence abortion policy?

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 23, 2022
(RNS) — Your theological claim cannot be the law of the land. This is America and this is 2022.

With AIPAC funding primary campaigns, young Jewish progressives move further left

By Yonat Shimron — May 20, 2022
(RNS) — Young Jews are rejecting establishment-backed Democratic candidates supported by AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a group that supports pro-Israel candidates in both parties.

San Antonio rabbi sanctifies Shabbat with Texas-style BBQ brisket

By Saar Shahar — May 20, 2022
(RNS) — Slow-cooked brisket proves to be a valuable means for bringing Jews to a Shabbas meal.

Kendrick Lamar’s new album reminds us that even prophets are fallible

By Andre Henry — May 18, 2022
(RNS) — His first album in five years has the Pulitzer Prize winner counting the costs of truth-telling.

A year after disaster, thousands flock to Israeli holy site

By Associated Press — May 18, 2022
(AP) — This year's Lag BaOmer holiday festivities at Mount Meron are overshadowed by last year's deaths, the largest civilian disaster in the country's history.

What I learned when I got COVID

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 18, 2022
(RNS) — This is what ‘positive thinking’ can get you. In the midst of it all, COVID-19 became my rabbi.

With Roe in peril, abortion rights advocates prepare appeals to religious liberty

By Jack Jenkins — May 17, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘The Torah is clear on this issue: Abortion is not only permitted in Judaism, but in some cases required when the life of the pregnant person is at stake,’ said Sheila Katz, head of the National Council of Jewish Women.

What is the Lag BaOmer pilgrimage?

By Joshua Shanes — May 17, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of Jewish history explains why the annual Lag BaOmer pilgrimage to Mount Meron in Israel has such power and meaning.

How Black people and Jews are bound together in ‘great replacement’ theory

By Yonat Shimron — May 16, 2022
(RNS) — Dozens of pages of the Buffalo shooter's manifesto are devoted first to Blacks and then to Jews, replete with photos, drawings, graphs and caricatures.

From Charleston to Pittsburgh to Buffalo, their blood cries out

By Jeffrey Salkin — May 16, 2022
(RNS) — Buffalo reminds us: Jews and Blacks are allies.

Julia Haart’s memoir, a journey from religious orthodoxy to high fashion

By Yonat Shimron — May 13, 2022
(RNS) — In her memoir, 'Brazen,' she details her escape from the Haredi Jewish enclave and her meteoric rise to the elite world of fashion, partly captured in the Netflix reality TV show, 'My Unorthodox Life.'

Faith-based foodies don’t stop at kosher or halal in search of sustainable eating

By Diana Kruzman — May 13, 2022
(RNS) — Eco-kosher and eco-halal devotees are less concerned with strict religious approval than faith-based food justice.

Why post-Roe abortion bans must exempt religious Jews

By Jay Michaelson — May 12, 2022
(RNS) — Jewish law not only permits abortion, but in certain cases requires it.
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