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Judaism

In Pa. governor’s race, faith surfaces in contrasting ways

By Peter Smith — October 28, 2022
CARMICHAELS, Pennsylvania (AP) — The two candidates are appealing to the contrasting religious and ethnic demographics that have supported each side in recent campaigns, with a majority of white Catholics and white evangelicals voting and Democrats drawing on support from Black Christians, Latino Catholics, Jews, Muslims and people of no religion.

Faith groups mobilize to protect voters as partisanship deepens

By Adelle M. Banks — October 27, 2022
(RNS) — ‘We're not telling people how to vote, but we're telling people (that) just to sit down in your home and not partake in our civic responsibility will only hurt us,’ a rabbi said.

Antisemitism decried four years after Pa. synagogue attack

By Peter Smith — October 27, 2022
PITTSBURGH (AP) — For many community leaders, their grief is mixed with dismay over the continued and growing incidents of antisemitism in the United States and beyond.

Poll: Nearly half of Americans think the US should be a Christian nation

By Jack Jenkins — October 27, 2022
(RNS) — But those who say that tend to avoid hard-line positions and have different views about what a Christian nation should look like.

Faith groups weigh the impact of abortion on the midterms

By Jack Jenkins — October 25, 2022
(RNS) — 'Pro-choice Catholics don’t just exist, we are the majority,' reads a line from a Catholics for Choice voter guide.

Texas man who sold gun to hostage-taker gets nearly 8 years

By Associated Press — October 25, 2022
(RNS) — Malik Faisal Akram used the weapon when he entered Congregation Beth Israel in the Dallas-area suburb of Colleyville.

White House condemns Kanye-fueled antisemitic freeway demonstration in Los Angeles

By Alejandra Molina — October 24, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The freeway demonstration on Saturday comes after Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, was blocked from posting on Twitter and Instagram over antisemitic posts.

Yeshiva University approves Orthodox LGBTQ student group alternative

By Kathryn Post — October 24, 2022
(RNS) — The new undergraduate LGBTQ student group will be grounded in 'Halacha and Torah values.'

When women teach Torah, sparks fly

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 21, 2022
(RNS) — I cannot put this book of contemporary Israeli women's voices down. I don't want to.

John P. Meier, priest, scholar and author of ‘A Marginal Jew’ has died at 80

By Renée Roden — October 20, 2022
(RNS) — Meier spent years arguing that faith and scientific research could enliven biblical scholarship about the life of Jesus.

Watching the Parkland jury verdict was wrenching. Survivors need more agency.

By Beth Kissileff — October 19, 2022
(RNS) — I mostly felt profound grief and sadness at the haunted, broken, anguished faces of the families. I don’t think anyone else needs to experience this stress.

How to bend and not break

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 17, 2022
(RNS) — From the most important word in the history of American cinema ... a lesson in life itself.

Judge gauges if Indiana abortion ban defies religious rights

By Arleigh Rodgers — October 17, 2022
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Residents who hold Jewish, Muslim and spiritual faiths argue that the state's abortion ban violates their religious rights.

Sukkot, mother of Jewish holidays

By Mark Silk — October 14, 2022
(RNS) — Lesser known than other Jewish holidays, its scope includes the agricultural cycle and the messianic age.

What Biden’s new deal for Venezuelans means for other refugees

By Emily McFarlan Miller and Paul O'Donnell — October 13, 2022
(RNS) — Faith-based refugee resettlement agencies welcome the new program, while advocating for refugees who have gotten less media coverage of late.
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