Judaism

Healing Black-Jewish and Muslim-Jewish divides

By Ari Gordon, Talib Shareef — September 4, 2020

(RNS) — Black-Jewish Unity Week, a collaboration between the American Jewish Committee and the National Urban League, could also help erase the divides between Jews and African American Muslims.

Shofar lessons are becoming a pre-holiday necessity in the age of coronavirus

By Yonat Shimron — September 3, 2020

(RNS) — Jewish law requires that the shofar be heard in person. But with synagogues shuttered because of the coronavirus, many Jews are dusting off old ritual objects and taking online lessons so they can produce that clarion wail.

600 faith leaders sign letter urging California governor to stop transfer of incarcerated people to ICE

By Alejandra Molina — September 2, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity said Gov. Gavin Newsom can stop the transfers of detainees from state prisons to immigration detention facilities by issuing an executive order.

More than 350 faith leaders to back Biden for president, including many first-time endorsers

By Jack Jenkins — August 27, 2020

(RNS) — ‘I think progressive Christianity is a sleeping giant,’ said the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber.

Mike Pompeo accused of violating Hatch Act in Jerusalem RNC speech

By Jack Jenkins — August 26, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The Hatch Act, which was passed in 1939, prohibits executive branch employees from ‘engag(ing) in political activity’ while on duty.

Orthodox Jewish students embrace gap year in Israel, despite COVID-19

By Michele Chabin — August 25, 2020

JERUSALEM (RNS) — COVID-19 can’t keep 17,000 international students from taking a gap year in Israel.

Rabbi Michael Beals was leading a prayer service. Then Joe Biden showed up.

By Yonat Shimron — August 20, 2020

(RNS) — In a video to air at the Democratic National Convention, Beals recounts the time Biden showed up unannounced at a shiva prayer service for an elderly woman who lived in a subsidized senior citizen high-rise.

America’s house will crumble if we don’t repair our racist divide

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 18, 2020

(RNS) — Why do Black Lives Matter? Because for all of American history, as an important new book catalogs, they simply didn’t.

Pandemic reshapes worship across the UK’s many faiths

By Elizabeth Dalziel — August 13, 2020

(AP) — Rites that have been the bedrock of beliefs for centuries have evolved swiftly during the pandemic lockdown.

Mike Pompeo claims the Judeo-Christian tradition for his agenda — a tradition in itself

By Mark Silk — August 5, 2020

(RNS) — Just because it’s been embraced by the religious right doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

After 75 years, a question about race haunts Truman’s calculation on Hiroshima

By A. James Rudin — August 5, 2020

(RNS) — Much of the world focused on President Harry Truman’s explanation for using the bomb 75 years ago, but the Japanese I met had a different question.

Seth Rogen’s snarky arguments about Israel actually have a long history

By Jeffrey Salkin — August 4, 2020

(RNS) — He misspoke about Israel, but about Jewish education he was right.

What good is faith when your fertility treatments aren’t working?

By Amy Klein — August 3, 2020

(RNS) — Some of the biggest faith-based challenges of infertility may be existing in a family-centered community.

Church bells, shofars to sound in honor of John Lewis during his funeral

By Adelle M. Banks — July 30, 2020

(RNS) — Congregations without bells can ‘honor in other appropriate ways, including moments of silence, changing church signs, and more,’ reads the interfaith request about Lewis.

Stella Immanuel’s theories about demons, illness and sex have a long history

By Brandon W. Hawk — July 29, 2020

(The Conversation) — Demons appear throughout Jewish and Christian texts, often as evil, supernatural beings that torment people.

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